Berlin PD Press Release 05/15/11

Berlin Police Department
Recklessly Endangering Safety

On 05-14-11 at 2:33AM officers from the Berlin Police Department responded to the area of Huron St. and S. Church St. on a complaint of several shots from a firearm being discharged in the area.  

Upon arriving on scene Berlin P.D. Officers and assisting Deputies from the Green Lake Co. Sheriff’s Department did not observe any suspicious activity, but set up a perimeter around the area from where the shots were reported to have come from. Upon further investigation it was determined that the shots had come from a residence located in the 100 blk. of S. Church St. There were three people located in the lower level of the residence from where the shots were fired.  The girlfriend of the man who was responsible for firing the weapon, along with the man’s son were contacted by officers on the scene and removed to safety.  A separate upper level apartment contained a man and woman along with two small children who were later removed to safety by officers of the Combined Tactical Unit. The Green Lake County Combined Tactical Unit was paged and responded to the scene. During the incident a coordinated effort between numerous jurisdictions were utilized to secure the area. The jurisdictions that assisted in the call included the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Green Lake Police Department, Princeton Police Department, Markesan Police Department, Waushara County Sheriff’s Department, Green Lake County Emergency Management, and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the use of the Bearcat Tactical Armored Vehicle which was utilized by the  Tactical Unit to make their approach to the residence and make contact with the individual responsible for the incident.  The 42 year old male was ordered out of residence and taken into custody without further incident.   It was discovered that the male subject has resided with his girlfriend at the residence in the 100 block of S. Church St. for approximately 4 months.  It was determined that the 42 year old male had exited the residence and fired the shots outside.

“I want to thank all the Officers and their Departments for assisting the City of Berlin during an incident that had the potential to become very volatile.  It was through the combined resources of all the Law Enforcement Agencies that we were able to bring the incident to a quick resolution,”  said Chief Dennis Plantz

The suspect was transported, processed, and being held without bond into the Green Lake County Jail.  Charges of Recklessly Endangering Safety are being referred to the Green Lake County District Attorney’s Office with other charges possible upon completion of the investigation    


Chief Dennis W. Plantz
Berlin Police Department


View Archives »