MAUSTON, Wis. — Authorities say a Mauston police sergeant who was intoxicated while off-duty shot another person after the two of them were looking at guns owned by the officer.
Michael Sturek, 39, is charged in Juneau County with felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety, misdemeanor endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
The complaint filed Monday said the incident happened in August after Sturek and the victim spent the night drinking at Sturek's home. The two of them began looking at weapons that were in guns safes and later went into the officer's back yard with a .22 handgun.
Sturek told police the gun went off as he was clearing the weapon. The bullet hit the victim in the groin and lodged in the left thigh area. The victim is recovering after having surgery to remove the bullet.
The name of the victim has not been released. Sturek, who has been placed on administrative leave, is scheduled for an initial court appearance Oct. 28.