Whitewater man involved in police standoff deemed competent

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Jonah Beleckis | June 7, 2017

ELKHORN—A Whitewater man accused of carrying a BB gun near Whitewater Middle School, leading to an hours-long police standoff, is competent to assist in his court case, the man's lawyer said Monday.

The competency report for Daniel S. Erdman, 31, of 1033 W. Walworth Ave. revealed Friday that Erdman can move forward with court proceedings, attorney Stephen Compton wrote in an email to The Gazette.

Erdman is charged with burglary and disorderly conduct in Walworth County Court.

Erdman told police after a standoff outside his home April 7 that earlier in the day he rode his bicycle near the middle school carrying his BB gun pistol outfitted with a laser sight in his hip holster, according to a criminal complaint.

Erdman told police people were looking at him in a funny way.

Police went to Erdman's home, and Erdman opened the door but retreated back inside, according to the complaint. He surrendered without incident at about 7 p.m., Walworth County Sheriff Kurt Picknell said after the incident.

Erdman told police he recently had lost his job and had a confrontation with a relative, according to the complaint.

Police spoke with the relative at about 8:25 p.m. The relative said he argued with Erdman about being in the relative's apartment when Erdman did not have permission.

The relative told police he found a window broken and an iPad, a bottle of Jägermeister and a picture frame were missing, according to the complaint.

Erdman is scheduled to waive his preliminary hearing at 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

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