Man accused of threatening deputies, paramedic | Crime
A man who admitted to deputies he tried to shoot himself with a rifle wound up in jail instead of the hospital.
Just before 8 p.m. Friday Baxter County sheriff’s deputies were called to the home of 76-year-old Herman Wenzel.
When they arrived, Wenzel reportedly admitted he had tried to hurt himself with the gun, but it had discharged.
Although he was not injured, Sheriff John Montgomery said deputies called for an ambulance.
But Wenzel refused to go.
Deputies tried to explain that because of the circumstances, Wenzel could voluntarily go to the hospital for an evaluation or he could face a “custodial mental health detention.”
Montgomery said Wenzel then told the deputies and a paramedic, “I give you my word, I will hunt each one of you down and kill you before I kill myself. Your wives and kids are going to be without you.”
Following his comments, deputies arrested Wenzel on four felony counts of terroristic threatening in the first degree and took him to the detention center.
Wenzel is currently free on $25,000 bond awaiting an appearance in Circuit Court on Thursday.
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