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Court documents: La Grange man drunk during standoff

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
February 23, 2010
— The La Grange Township man who was shot twice by a sheriff’s deputy had numerous screwdrivers and was intoxicated when he attempted to kill himself and shoot at a cop, according to court documents.

Mark S. Beaver, 48, is charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, intentionally pointing a firearm at law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. He faces more than 19 years in prison and $45,000 in fines.


Beaver was moved to the Walworth County Jail last week after spending more than two weeks at Froedtert Lutheran Memorial Hospital.


He was charged late last week and appeared in court Monday.


According to the criminal complaint:


Deputies from the Walworth and Waukesha counties responded to a hang-up 911 call at the residence and found Beaver and the woman inside. He was pointing the gun at his head.


The woman later left the house.


Deputies told Beaver to drop the weapon, and he repeatedly asked the deputies to shoot him. Beaver eventually lowered the weapon and fired one shot at a deputy.


Deputy Wayne Blanchard fired back.


Beaver later said he had several rounds of vodka and orange juice with the female he lived with in La Grange Township. Beaver and the woman told authorities he became upset when a man called the woman.


Beaver admitted shooting at deputies, though he wasn't sure why. He told authorities he may have been trying to get deputies to "shoot him dead."


Beaver is expected back in court today.



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