Town of Delafield — The 31-year-old Delafield man shot by police on Jan. 9 after allegedly pointing a shotgun at his father and refusing to relinquish the weapon was charged with two misdemeanors on Feb. 7.
Justin G. Ebbe was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with negligent handling of a weapon and disorderly conduct. Justin pleaded not guilty to the charges at court on Thursday and was released on a $5,000 signature bond cosigned by his father.
According to the criminal complaint:
Deputies from the Waukesha and Walworth County Sheriff’s Departments were dispatched to the Ebbe residence at N2 W31808 Twin Oaks Drive in Delafield on the afternoon of Feb. 7.
Ebbe’s parents, Paul Ebbe and Jane Graff, told police that Justin was in a bedroom upstairs with a loaded shotgun, threatening to commit suicide. Paul Ebbe was in the room with his son trying to stop him.
Justin had just recently moved in to his parent’s Delafield home in August 2012, according to his pretrial screening report. Paul told police that he and his wife had brought Justin home after Justin’s wife filed for divorce.
Justin Ebbe’s parents told police that he came home at approximately 1:15 p.m. with beer and hard liquor, telling his parents that he had quit his job. His mother said he was an alcoholic, so when he opened a beer she took it away from him.
Justin Ebbe then went upstairs with the shotgun, his mother said. Paul and Graff said they did not know that Justin had a shotgun.
His mother followed after him and attempted to take the shotgun away. A struggle ensued and Justin fired a shot into the floor near her feet.
“…She felt a burning on her skin, but was not sure if it was from the shotgun round passing near her foot or ankle area or from the shotgun actually touching her after the round was fired,” the complaint reads.
Graff said she thought he fired the round to scare her into leaving. Paul arrived home shortly thereafter and Justin said he would talk to his father if his mother left the room. Graff then called police.
Three officers, led by Deputy Michael Doud, 52, made their way to the second-floor bedroom. Doud said he allegedly saw the defendant pointing a shotgun in the direction of his father. The officer ordered Justin Ebbe to drop the weapon, and when he failed to do so, the deputy fired three rounds, two of which struck Justin Ebbe.
Ebbe was subsequently taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital for treatment and released l
If convicted of all charges, Ebbe could face up to a year in prison, $11,000 in fines, or both.
Ebbe’s next expected court date is March 4.