Squad car audio released after Manitowoc man allegedly threatened officer, invoked Avery's name

MANITOWOC -- Manitowoc police have released squad car audio following the arrest of a Manitowoc man accused of threatening to kill a police officer and his family. The man is accused of invoking the name of Steven Avery soon after his arrest.

WLUK reports the incident began as a fight at a Manitowoc bar last month.  Audio was captured from the dash camera of the squad car.

This is one of two recent cases in Manitowoc where the Avery name was invoked.

The latest involved a bomb threat to the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office on February 3rd.

As it relates to the January incident, Manitowoc police say what led to the exchange in a squad car, started off as a disorderly conduct call at Revolutions Bar on January 12th.

Police say a fight broke out between Edwin Selmon and Khristopher Stangel. Both men, police say, were drinking.

It is what Stangel allegedly said after he was put into a squad car to a Manitowoc police officer, that has him now facing felony charges.

The audio recording is peppered with expletives that have been bleeped out.

Stangel can be heard referencing Avery at least twice -- and threatening to kill the officer and his "entire family."

Stangel was charged a week later with threatening a law enforcement officer, a felony, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Then on February 3rd -- a bomb threat was made to the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office. Police say a man told dispatchers there were bombs in the building and a car was packed with explosives in the parking lot.

Nothing was found, but police say the caller referenced 'justice for Steven.'

Dozens of phone and email threats have been directed to the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office and Manitowoc Police Department since the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" profiling Avery, was released on December 18th.

Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were convicted in 2007 of the killing of photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005.

As for Stangel, he's out on bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 17th.