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Man who fired shots at deputies pleads not guilty to charges

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
May 11, 2010
— A La Grange Township man who fired at sheriff’s deputies Jan. 29 and was shot twice entered Monday not guilty pleas to all charges.

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


Court documents claim Beaver was intoxicated when he attempted to kill himself and shoot at a police officer Jan. 29. A deputy fired back and hit Beaver, which resulted in Beaver spending more than two weeks at Froedtert Lutheran Memorial Hospital in Wauwatosa.


During court proceedings Monday, Beaver waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over for trial. He is expected back in court June 25.


According to the criminal complaint:


Deputies from Walworth and Waukesha counties responded to a hang-up 911 call at a residence and found Beaver and the woman inside. Beaver 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 another man called the woman on the phone.


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



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