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After smoking K2, a synthetic marijuana, Zachary Denomie fought with police and threatened to kill his neighbors because he thought he was dying, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

A man is facing felony charges because he fought with a police officer after smoking K2, a synthetic marijuana, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Zachary Denomie, 21, of Caledonia, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with battery of a peace officer, resisting an officer, criminal damage to property, and disorderly conduct. If convicted, Denomie faces up to seven years nine months in prison and/or fines up to $31,000.

According to the criminal complaint, a number of officers responded to a residence in the 9900 block of Williams Circle at 2:39 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11 after a resident reported hearing people screaming coming from a home in the area.

The resident directed an officer with the Caledonia Police Department to a residence in the 9900 block of Saratoga Drive where a man and a woman told police Denomie was “acting crazy” after taking synthetic marijuana and that he threatened to kill them. The two told police that Denomie had broken out a window, was “covered in blood” and that he had fled the area on foot.

A second report came in from Denomie’s mother’s home in the 9400 block of Riverview Lane reporting that Denomie, who was bloody and had cuts on his arms, entered a residence wearing a Pizza Hut uniform. When officers arrived at the residence, Denomie had fled again, returning to the residence in the 9000 block of Saratoga Drive, according to the criminal complaint.

The officer drew his weapon when he confronted Denomie because he was told that Denomie was “acting highly erratic and was under the influence of drugs.”

After ordering him to the ground numerous times, Denomie told the officer “he was dying after consuming K2.” Once on the ground, the officer put the gun in his holster and got out his taser, then told dispatch that Denomie had returned to Saratoga Drive. While the officer approached Denomie, he got up off of the ground and charged at him screaming “Kill Me!”

The officer aimed the taser at Denomie and deployed it into his chest, which caused “a slight reaction of discomfort,” but he kept coming towards the officer. While backing up, the officer dropped the taser and the two started fighting, according to the criminal complaint.

“Ofc. Tempesta stated that he was delivering strong side punches, elbows, and knee strikes and yelling at the defendant to ‘stop resisting,’ but the defendant continued to fight,” according to the complaint.

During the altercation, Denomie got an arm free, and grabbed a potted plant. The officer picked up the taser and fired the weapon again, but it had “very little effect.”

Continuing to fight, the officer fired the taser a third time, which had “a very strong effect.”

Two other officers arrived and Denomie was taken into custody. The officer Denomie was fighting with was taken to the hospital for an injury to his left knee.

While investigating, police learned that Denomie had left work at Pizza Hut in Oak Creek and had smoked “K2” and drank beer with a co-worker, which made him hallucinate and “everything was a kaleidoscope,” according to the criminal complaint.

Denomie told police he thought “he was going to die” and recalled wanting for the officer to shoot and kill him because being tasered made the hallucinations “start back up.”

He is being held on a $7,500 cash bond at the Racine County Jail. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 20.



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