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A Germantown man faces domestic charges after police say he behaved abusively towards a woman.

Larry McDonald, 45, is charged with first degree recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. He faces up to 12 years and six months imprisonment for the first charge, six years imprisonment for the second charge and nine months imprisonment for the third charge.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Juneau County Deputy was dispatched Oct. 22 to a residence in Germantown after receiving a report of a disturbance.

Upon arriving at the residence, the deputy met with an adult female who “appeared very nervous,” and “did not want to make eye contact… and was visibly shaking.”

The woman stated she was in contact with McDonald earlier when an argument broke out between them. She attempted to leave the residence but McDonald refused to let her go.

The woman attempted to make a phone call but McDonald “grabbed her phone and threw it across the room.” He then placed himself in front of the door so she was unable to leave.

McDonald then went to his bedroom to retrieve a handgun. He “put the pistol to his head and stated he would shoot himself.” McDonald then lowered the gun, but as it did, it “went off.”

The woman stated she “felt the breeze of the bullet,” as it passed her, but was not struck. She later noticed a hole in the pants she was wearing and believed the bullet may have went through them.

The deputy observed holes in the right leg of the woman’s pants “that would be consistent with a bullet hole.”

In a text message sent to the woman from McDonald, he stated he did not intent for the handgun to go off.

Deputies later made contact with McDonald and requested to speak to him about the incident. He invited them inside the residence.

McDonald claimed he “knelt down near the door in an effort to talk to her,” but did not intentionally block the door. He acknowledged his handgun has a “touchy” trigger. The gun was identified as a silver Ruger Blackhawk .357 Magnum.

McDonald is not currently in the Juneau County Jail. His initial appearance in court is scheduled for Nov. 7 at the Juneau County Justice Center.

You can reach Jake Ekdahl on Twitter @JakeaEkdahl or contact him at 608-697-6353


Juneau County Star-Times reporter