Racine police say the man who forced a four-hour standoff over the weekend cold spend the next decade behind bars.
Daniel Winter, 34, was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with a misdemeanor count each of disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon and obstructing an officer as well as a single felony county of possession of a firearm by a felon. If convicted, he could face up to 11 years in jail and/or up to $36,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were called at 9:27 p.m. Sunday to the 3300 block of 17th Street for a report of 20 people involved in a physical altercation. While police were en route, dispatch said witnesses observed a white male with a bald head and tattoos had fired a gun in the air. Officers were told the man – later identified as Winter – lived nearby.
Police say witnesses said a man was yelling in front of a residence for a man to come outside, and when Winter exited the home, he raised his arm in the air and fired off a shot. A woman was heard telling Winter he “could have killed him” and asking why he did that.
Officers attempted contact with Winter and other adult occupants of Winter’s home, the complaint reads. A perimeter was established as police tried to negotiate with Winter. At some point, a woman and children exited the home through a window, and at 1:55 a.m., Winter surrendered without incident.
Police say they asked Winter about weapons, but he only admitted to a toy gun being on the coffee table. Officers obtained a search warrant and found a Glock .45 and a .380 handgun hidden in the cushions of the sofa. A fully loaded magazine for the Glock was located behind a bathroom heat register, and a spent .45 casing directly outside a door that was consistent with the rounds loaded in the Glock magazine.
Winter remains in the Racine County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. His next court date is a preliminary hearing on June 4.