Suspect arrested in Range Line apartment shooting

Two Milwaukee men shot during domestic dispute
by Jeff Pederson
Sheboygan Falls News Editor


AN APARTMENT COMPLEX at 190 Range Line Road was the scene of a shooting involving three men and one woman Monday, Nov. 5. A 27-year-old man was arrested in the shooting. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson AN APARTMENT COMPLEX at 190 Range Line Road was the scene of a shooting involving three men and one woman Monday, Nov. 5. A 27-year-old man was arrested in the shooting. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson Two 19-year-old men from Milwaukee suffered gunshot wounds and a 27-year-old Chicago man was arrested, following a shooting at an apartment complex at 190 Range Line Road in Sheboygan Falls in the early morning hours on Monday, Nov. 5.

During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Sheboygan Falls Police Chief Steve Riffel, stated that the incident was reported at approximately 6:09 a.m., after the Sheboygan County Emergency Dispatch Center received a report of a disturbance with shots being fired at an apartment complex at 190 Range Line Road, located just to the south of the Range Line Inn Banquet Center.

The Sheboygan Falls Police Department responded to the scene approximately five minutes later, along with the Kohler Police Department and Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department.


SHEBOYGAN FALLS POLICE CHIEF STEVE RIFFEL (right) discusses the details of a shooting involving three men and one woman at an apartment at190 Range Line Road (left), during a press conference Monday, Nov. 5. The shooting occured at approximately 6 a.m. following a domestic dispute involving a 21-year-old woman, a 27-year-old man and two 19-year-old men. The 27-yearold man, who lived with the 21-yearold woman was arrested for shooting both 19-year-old men in the leg. Falls News photos by Jeff Pederson SHEBOYGAN FALLS POLICE CHIEF STEVE RIFFEL (right) discusses the details of a shooting involving three men and one woman at an apartment at190 Range Line Road (left), during a press conference Monday, Nov. 5. The shooting occured at approximately 6 a.m. following a domestic dispute involving a 21-year-old woman, a 27-year-old man and two 19-year-old men. The 27-yearold man, who lived with the 21-yearold woman was arrested for shooting both 19-year-old men in the leg. Falls News photos by Jeff Pederson The Sheboygan Falls Fire Department First Responder unit and Orange Cross paramedics were also called to the scene.

Upon arrival, Riffel reported that officers made contact with four adults, which included two 19-year-old men from Milwaukee, a 21-year-old Sheboygan Falls woman who resides at 190 Range Line Road and a 27-year-old Chicago man who had been staying at the apartment complex with the 21-year-old woman.

Officers found that both of the 19-year-old men had sustained gunshot wounds to the leg. The Chicago man suffered facial injuries and the woman was uninjured.

According to Riffel, officers detained all four individuals and additional officers entered the apartment complex to ensure the safety of other residents in the eight-unit building.

After securing the scene, the three injured men were transported to medical facilities in Sheboygan accompanied by officers and deputies.

Officers on the scene secured a large area around the perimeter of the complex, as well as the apartment where the 27-year-old man and 21-year-old woman had been living.

Evidence technicians were summoned and a search warrant for the apartment and two vehicles that were involved with the incident was obtained through the Sheboygan County District Attorney’s Office.

Riffel went on to note that the 27-year-old man and 21-year-old woman were believed to be involved in a domestic disturbance at the residence on Oct. 30. The female was reportedly physically assaulted by the man and he allegedly placed his hands around her neck and attempted to choke her.

Riffel said the woman did not report the incident to the police, but did leave the residence to stay with family members.

On Monday morning, the woman went to the apartment with the two 19-year-old men to obtain personal property and clothing.

She began to obtain the personal property when a confrontation allegedly took place with the 27-year-old man.

The two 19-year-old men allegedly stepped in and physically confronted the 27-year-old man in the apartment.

The 27-year-old then allegedly took possession of a handgun and fired five shots at the 19-year-old men, hitting both of them in the leg.

The woman and the two 19-year-old men fled the apartment building through the porch area.

At the press conference, Riffel reported that one of the 19-yearold men underwent surgery from his leg injuries and the other 19-year-old man was treated and released and subsequently transported to the Sheboygan County Detention Center.

Riffel did not believe the injuries suffered by the 19-year-old man who underwent surgery were life threatening.

The 27-year-old alleged shooter was treated for facial injuries reported suffered during a physical altercation with the 19-yearold men. He was treated, released and transported to the Sheboygan County Detention Center.

The SFPD is seeking a series of charges against the 27-yearold man, including second degree recklessly endangering safety and endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon for the shooting incident.

The department is also pursuing felony strangulation, domestic abuse and disorderly conduct charges against the 27-year-old man for the Oct. 30 incident.

Riffel said the SFPD has also requested charges of aggravated battery and disorderly conduct against the two 19-year-old men.

Riffel noted that the department is conducting a follow up investigation and additional charges could be pending.

Due to the close proximity to Sheboygan Falls Elementary School, Riffel said the school was alerted to the situation, but no further action was taken.

“We informed the school superintendent that this was an isolated incident and the elementary school was in no danger,” Riffel said. “The school did not go into lockdown.”

Riffel went on to state that the SFPD had been called to the apartment for a pair of incidents on Aug. 10.

“The first incident in August was in response to a possible disturbance, with man and the woman separated by officers,” Riffel said. “Both parties told officers that they had engaged in a verbal-only argument regarding household chores.

“There was no indication of any physical altercation and the woman informed us that nothing physical had taken place, nor was she threatened for felt threatened by the man,” he said. “In the second incident, one of our officers observed the two parties approximately 13 hours later in the parking lot initially appearing to be having a discussion, but then the officers thought it might be evolving into an argument. The officers learned that the incident was over ownership of a cell phone. Both parties informed the officer that nothing else took place and there was no evidence of any other type of altercation.”

Riffel also addressed possible concerns for safety in the community in the wake of the homicide of 78-year-old Barbara Olson that occurred in the city in September.

“I have heard from some people that have expressed some concern about what is going on in our city,” Riffel said. “Sheboygan Falls is a great community, but we are not immune to incidents of this type. These are terrible, tragic events that we believe are isolated incidents.

“In this case, outside influences did play a big role, with the suspect coming from Chicago and the two 19-year-olds from Milwaukee,” he said. “People in our community should feel safe. Our department responded in a quick fashion and had all four people in custody and the weapon recovered within five to 10 minutes after the call came in.”

The identities of the four people involved in the incident were withheld by police on Monday.

The names are expected to be made public when the Sheboygan County District Attorney’s office issues charges later this week.


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