A Sauk Prairie Police Sergeant, now working for the Baraboo Police Department, resigned in November 2018 after an off-duty incident involving a Taser.
According to documents provided by the Sauk Prairie Police Department, Sgt. Jamie Wepking, who served on the department 18 years, was off duty at a Halloween party in Prairie du Sac on Oct. 27, 2018.
Through an individual he was with at the time, Wepking contacted an officer on duty requesting him “to purchase a tin of chewing tobacco… and bring it to the party.”
A decision was made to change the meeting location from the party itself to Midstate Equipment on Highway 12 and County Highway PF, outside the jurisdiction of the Sauk Prairie Police Department.
One of the officers involved reported Wepking approached him for what he believed was the purpose of shaking his hand and saying goodbye.
Wepking instead “reached out and took his Taser from his duty belt and discharged the Taser.”
Only one of the Taser’s probes made contact with the officer, striking him in the arm. Consequently, the officer was not shocked by the Taser.
Taser records indicate the charge was deployed for a total of one second.
Sauk Prairie Police Chief Jerry Strunz was informed of the incident the night it took place. Strunz said it was unusual for Wepking to request officers purchase items for him. An internal investigation of the incident concluded Wepking had been consuming alcohol that night.
Strunz said there is reason to believe Wepking was attempting to play a joke on the officer.
Wepking’s voluntary resignation came before an internal police investigation was concluded in mid November. Wepking was not asked to resign.
The Rock County Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident.
Wepking was on vacation time when the incident occurred and stayed off duty during the subsequent investigation. He was informed he was suspended from responding to duty calls during that time.
Wepking, who currently works at the Baraboo Police Department, issued a statement regarding the incident.
“In October of 2018, while off duty, I was involved in an incident that I regret happened,” Wepking said. “I made a poor decision that impacted my fellow officers, the SPPD and the community. Because of the events of that day, I chose to resign my position with the SPPD, out of respect for the Department and the community. My resignation was a way to acknowledge my mistake and let everyone move forward.”