Springfield man faces two felonies

BROWN COUNTY — An 85-year-old Springfield man faces two felony counts for allegedly waving a gun around, pointing it at people near his Springfield apartment Saturday.

Charges filed in Brown County District Court Monday against Darius W. Windschitl, 501 CR 5 S., Springfield, included felony 2nd-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and felony threats of violence and misdemeanor intentionally pointing a gun and recklessly handling or using a dangerous weapon.

According to court documents, Springfield Police were dispatched April 20 to 501 S. CR 5, Apt. 16 for a man in his underwear, waving a gun around and pointing it at people outside his apartment.

At the scene, police saw Windschitl standing in his apartment doorway. Police ordered him to show his hands and he did not. Police walked up to the door and saw that Windschitl had nothing in his hands and asked police to come in.

Police asked Windschitl where his gun was. He replied that police couldn’t take the gun from him and said “shoot me” several times. Windschitl appeared to be intoxicated and had trouble standing without support.

He admitted drinking and having a gun outside because he was tired of a dog defecating in his yard. Windschitl said he was not going to shoot anyone.

Police contacted an alleged victim who said Windschitl pointed the gun at him and said “see this” and that Windschitl was upset about a dog being near his apartment. A witness said Windschitl pointed a gun at the alleged victim.

A gun was recovered in a bedroom closet drawer, fully loaded with five rounds of .38 ammo.

Windschitl was arrested and taken to Springfield Hospital to be checked out.

After an initial court appearance Monday afternoon, Windschitl was granted a release from custody on his own recognizance with conditions.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com

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