Racine County Sheriff‘s deputies recovered a number of firearms and an illegal silencer from the home of a combat veteran who resisted arrest while police were serving an eviction.
In December investigators went to Pepijn Schmidt’s home within the 4000 Block of Main Street. Schmidt refused to open the door completely and to leave, according to a criminal complaint.
For months officials offered help, but Schmidt refused to take it.
Investigators learned that Schmidt is a combat veteran and is heavily armed. He also told law enforcement officials that if they forcibly removed him, he would harm himself or others. Officials with the Racine County Human Services Department, other veterans and police emailed and tried to make face to face contact to help Schmidt. Offering mental health services and other help, Schmidt refused.
In order to serve the eviction, they decided to detain Schmidt while he went to the grocery store, which he does once every two or three weeks.
On April 18, Sheriff’s deputies waited for him outside the Piggly Wiggly at 3900 Erie St. When Schmidt exited the grocery store, he saw a pair of deputies and immediately reached for a handgun he was carrying. Other deputies on the scene rushed him and he was able to be detained, though resisted for several minutes before deputies were able to overpower him.
For his trip to the grocery store, Schmidt brought with him two handguns and two extra magazines and two knives.
In Schmidt’s home, deputies found guns all over the house in the bedroom living room, closets and by the front door. Many were loaded.
In Schmidt’s house were two shotguns, five rifles. two revolvers, two pistols, 1,000s of rounds of ammunition, two sets of military grade body armor, and other “military items and edged weapons.” One of Schmidt’s pistols had an illegal silencer.
Schmidt is charged with contempt of court, possession of firearm silencer and resisting and officer.