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A Racine man is accused of walking into a tavern with a gun, two ammunition magazines, a hatchet and a hunting knife, then ingesting a bottle of medication and hitting two friends.

Christian Boedecker, 38, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with carrying a handgun where alcohol is sold and consumed, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, disorderly conduct (use of a dangerous weapon, threatening a law enforcement officer, and disorderly conduct. If convicted on all charges, Boedecker faces up to nine years, six months in prison and/or fined up to $32,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Racine Police were called to Paul’s Pub, 2416 Lathrop Ave., on Sunday for a report of Boedecker entering the pub with a handgun and two full magazine pouches. Boedecker, who wore a hat and bandanna that covered his mouth, carried a backpack.

“During his short time at the bar, he was disruptive with other customers,” the complaint reads. Boedecker showed the customer a hatched, hunting knife and military shovel. Lifting up his shirt, he showed the bar patron that he had a holstered handgun and two magazine pouches.  The bartender ordered him to leave and he did.

Upon returning, Boedecker came back to the bar at about 2 a.m. Finding the door locked, he kicked and banged on the door, and cursed at patrons and staff. After leaving, the bartender was able to learn his identity because he used a credit card at the bar.

Minutes later, the Racine County Sheriff’s Joint Dispatch Center received a 911 open line phone call close to the tavern. Dispatch could hear people fighting and struggling. When police arrived, a person had restrained Boedecker.

The man told police he was Boedecker’s best friend and he had called him asking to come over. When he arrived, he seemed intoxicated, panicked and paranoid. Knowing that Boedecker carries firearms, the man asked for his gun and magazines. The man took the guns away from him and locked them in a gun safe.  The man told him that he would either take him home or call rescue.

Cooperating, Boedecker asked that rescue be called and while the man was making the call, Boedecker took out a medication bottle and swallowed all the pills. The man and his wife tried to take the bottle away from him, but he started physically fighting with the couple. The man and his wife refused to prosecute.

Racine Police found a hatched, hunting knife and foldable shovel inside his backpack.

A $5,000 cash bond was set at an initial hearing held Monday. Boedecker is expected to be in court at a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 8.



Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.