A Sturtevant man was charged with a felony and three misdemeanors for shooting a gun during a fight with his father outside a Racine tavern.
Caleb Niesen, 28, of Sturtevant, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, pointing a firearm at another, carrying a handgun where alcohol is sold and consumed, and disorderly conduct.
If convicted of all charges, Niesen faces up to 11 years nine months in prison and/or fined up to $46,000.
According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Racine Police Department responded to a report of two men fighting and one person firing a gun at 11:26 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot at Teezer’s, 1936 Lathrop Ave.
Racine Police officer John Hetland was shot and killed inside the bar during a robbery in June.
Officers learned the fight involved Niesen and his father, but Caleb fled the scene. Niesen’s father told police he didn’t want to speak to officers but told them that the video cameras outside the bar would show what had happened.
During the investigation, police found a 9mm casing on the south side of the bar.
Camera footage showed the two men were in the bar with other people. When Caleb and his father were outside, Caleb started pushing his father. Caleb then drew a handgun from his waistband and pointed the gun at his father’s face. Two continued to argue. Caleb then fired the gun in the air in a southwest direction.
The pair started to physically fight before both of them walked away when Caleb’s sister broke up the fight.
On Saturday, officers were called to a relative’s home because Caleb wanted to turn himself in to the police. When they picked him up, he didn’t have the gun. It was found in the backyard of the home in a pile of leaves.
The gun, a 9mm Homady, matched the type of casing found at the scene.
Caleb was released on a $2,500 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Racine County Courthouse.
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