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08/15/2013 11:51 am ET

Doug Sedenquist, Michigan GOP Official, Charged With Felony After Rifle Incident

Brown County, Wisc. Jail

A member of the Michigan Republican Committee faces charges after his trip to Wisconsin ended in a police standoff with a high-powered rifle.

Doug Sedenquist, 51, was charged with two misdemeanors and the felony offense of failing to comply with an officer's attempt to take him into custody after the incident in Green Bay.

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, 51-year-old Sedenquist's troubles began on the morning of March 3 when his estranged wife called police after he contacted her. The Escanaba, Mich. resident allegedly told her he was in town (about a two hour drive), asked her why she had left work early, which she had not told him, and dropped the kicker: he had a rifle aimed at his heart.

The Press-Gazette reports she claims they separated last year after more than two decades of marriage because he attacked their two teenage daughters.

It's alleged in the complaint, obtained by the Detroit Free Press, that when police managed to surround Sedenquist, he was in his truck in a parking lot with a rifle pointed at his own stomach. It took nearly thirty minutes before Sedenquist eventually surrendered to police without further confrontation. He was arrested and later released.

Sedenquist told MLive that he'd like to comment on the incident but wouldn't until after the case on advice of his lawyer.

The co-host of a conservative talk radio show, Sedenquist is also listed as the vice chair of the Delta County Republican Party.

He's been close to controversy before, after Michigan RNC Committeeman Dave Agema posted and supported an article on Facebook condemning "homosexuals'" "filthy lifestyle."

Sedeqnuist had Agema as a guest on his radio show, according to liberal advocacy group Progress Michigan, and said "when you engage in the homosexual sex, the chances of you having ... a much unhealthier life and a lot of other negative aspects, seem to be an indisputable fact."

He also once wrote that Michigan's Democrat Senators Carl Levin (Detroit) and Debbie Stabenow (Lansing) “were willing to sign away your Second Amendment rights to the United Nations," according to the Free Press.

Sedenquist is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 3.

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