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Charges filed after Jan. 9 Town of Delafield standoff

A 31-year-old Delafield man shot by police on Jan. 9 was charged Feb. 7 with two misdemeanors.

Justin G. Ebbe was charged with negligent handling of a weapon and disorderly conduct. He pleaded not guilty and was released on a $5,000 signature bond cosigned by his father.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha and Walworth County sheriff's departments were dispatched to the Ebbe's home, N2 W31808 Twin Oaks Drive, Town of Delafield on Jan. 9.

Ebbe's parents, Paul Ebbe and Jane Graff, told police their son was upstairs with a loaded shotgun, threatening to commit suicide.

Justin had moved into his parents' Delafield home in August 2012, after his wife filed for divorce, according to his pretrial screening report.

Ebbe's parents told police that he came home at about 1:15 p.m. that day with beer and hard liquor, telling his parents 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, the complaint said.

His mother followed him and attempted to take the shotgun away. A struggle ensued, and Justin Ebbe fired a shot into the floor near her feet, the complaint said.

Paul Ebbe arrived home shortly thereafter, and Justin Ebbe 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 saw the Ebbe 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.

If convicted of all charges, Ebbe could face up to a year in prison and $11,000 in fines. He is in court March 4.

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