La Grange man shot by sheriff's deputy transferred to Walworth County Jail

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
— The La Grange Township man who was shot twice by a sheriff’s deputy was moved Tuesday to the Walworth County Jail after spending more than two weeks in a hospital.

Mark S. Beaver, 48, was listed in critical but stable condition for part of his stay at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa.

Sheriff’s Capt. Dana Nigbor said Beaver was booked at the jail Tuesday and is expected at an initial court appearance soon.

Deputy Wayne Blanchard shot Beaver after a Jan. 29 report at 10:37 p.m. of a disturbance at W4961 Rice Road, La Grange Township, according to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies went to the home and found Beaver and a woman inside. Beaver held a gun to his head in front of deputies and also pointed it toward the woman, Sheriff David Graves said.

Deputies asked Beaver to drop the gun, but he pointed it toward a deputy taking cover behind a tree, Graves said. Beaver fired one shot.

Blanchard returned fire, hitting Beaver twice.

Nigbor said charges are yet to be forwarded to the district attorney’s office but will likely include reckless endangerment by use of a firearm.

District Attorney Phil Koss is still reviewing the shooting to determine whether the situation warranted use of deadly force. Blanchard is on administrative duty pending the district attorney’s review, Graves said Tuesday.

Graves said the incident justified use of deadly force by the deputy, and he predicted the DA’s review would find the same.

Last updated: 12:53 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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