MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- 22-year-old John Binter of Milwaukee has been charged in an incident in which he is accused of using a BB gun to threaten his sister's ex-husband.
Binter faces one count of negligent handling of a weapon (repeater), disorderly conduct (repeater) and carrying a concealed weapon (repeater).
Officials responded to the area of Commerce Avenue in Brookfield on August 16th, 2012. There, they spoke with a citizen witness -- identified as Binter's sister's ex-husband. This man said he got into his car, after which Binter appeared on the driver's side of his car and demanded he exit the vehicle.
The criminal complaint in the case says Binter told the man to get into Binter's truck -- pointing a pistol at the man's face.
The complaint indicates the man eventually exited his vehicle, pretending like he was going to follow Binter. Instead, the man ran towards a co-worker who was already on the phone with authorities.
The complaint says then, Binter got into his truck and pulled up near where the man and the co-worker were standing. They reportedly said to him: "You're going back to jail John." To which Binter replied: "You better not send me back to jail."
The complaint says the man told Binter he came at him with a gun, and therefore was going to jail. Binter replied "I don't have any guns, you see one?"
That's when the man charged Binter's truck to look for the gun -- according to the complaint.
The complaint indicates the man told officials Binter is his ex-brother-in-law -- specifically the brother of his ex-wife. The man told officials Binter has never liked him, and had threatened him in the past. The man told officials he was 100% certain Binter had pointed a gun at him, and he was very concerned Binter was going to hurt him.
Binter was taken into custody, and according to the complaint, admitted to officials that he had been in possession of a BB gun that was black and resembled a semi-automatic handgun. Officers were able to locate the BB gun, which Binter threw from the vehicle, according to the complaint.
The complaint says Binter told officials he wanted to scare the man to prevent any sort of physical altercation. The complaint says Binter told officials he was upset about the man's treatment of his sister's two children.