Report of suicidal subject with firearm brings arrest on multiple charges

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Jason Waydick

A report of a suicidal subject threatening to shoot police officers led to his arrest Thursday, and three criminal charges filed being Friday in Racine County Circuit Court.

Jason M. Waydick, 29, Racine, is charged with a felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, and misdemeanor counts of discharging a firearm within 100 yards of a building. He is also charged with possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

Waydick, who is in police custody in the Racine County Jail, made his initial court appearance Friday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint:
Racine police officers were dispatched to 1800 Badger St. at 5:23 p.m. Thursday. The caller indicated that Waydick was armed with a .22 caliber rifle and said that he will “kill every cop” and then he intended to commit suicide.

About 47 minutes later, an officer heard the sound of gunfire coming from the back yard. After approximately an hour, the defendant exited the house with a pack of cigarettes in his left hand and a cell phone held to his right ear.

Waydick told police that he never pointed the gun at anyone and was not intending to shoot any person or himself. He stated he was just upset because he recently got divorced. As police spoke to the defendant, they detected a strong odor of intoxicants. A portable breath test revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.158.

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