Former village of Walworth police officer ordered to pay fine after criminal charge

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Andrea Anderson
Monday, February 1, 2016

ELKHORN—A disorderly conduct charge against a former village of Walworth police officer has been dismissed.

As part of a plea agreement, Brian J. Lantz, 36, pleaded guilty Monday to a municipal ordinance violation of disorderly conduct.

Lantz will pay a $200 fine as part of the agreement.

Charges were filed in August by the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office.

Lantz submitted a letter of resignation July 14.

Lantz, who has since moved to Florida, was allegedly drunk when he began throwing household items on his lawn and threatening to kill himself, according to a criminal complaint.

Police officers and Walworth County sheriff's deputies responded to a call for a possible suicidal subject at Lantz's former village of Walworth home on the evening of July 6.

Lantz had been drinking all day July 5 when he began to argue with his wife, according to the complaint. He threw chairs and dishes onto the lawn and told his wife and family members he should shoot himself to death.

Lantz also accused his wife of having an affair with a neighbor. He continued to drink that day and became angrier, arguing with his wife, calling her names and smashing food on the floor, the complaint states.

No physical contact occurred between Lantz and other household members, the complaint states.

Lantz continued to drink July 6, and his wife grew concerned for his safety as well as her own and that of her children.

Lantz was taken to a hospital July 6 for an evaluation after he told a deputy he felt fine but overwhelmed by financial obligations, stepchildren and the lack of organization in his home. The complaint said a preliminary breath test showed Lantz's blood-alcohol content was nearly four times the legal limit.

Last updated: 11:56 am Monday, February 1, 2016

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