CRIME
10/24/2012 01:09 pm ET Updated Oct 25, 2012

Dick Petarius, Former Clown Director, Accused Of Shooting At Police Officers

A former clown is accused of firing a gun at police officers in Wisconsin.

Police arrived at a Waukesha home on Tuesday afternoon, WTMJ reports, in response to a domestic violence call placed by the ex-wife of 76-year-old Dick Petarius.

Officers say that while they were interviewing his ex-wife, the man became violent.

“The suspect pointed a long gun at the officers and shot at the officers,” said Police Chief Russell Jack told WTMJ. “The officers then returned fire. The officers disengaged from the residence with the victim.”

A standoff began and lasted almost an hour.

No officers were hit, but one sustained a minor injury while restraining Petarius. Petarius was unharmed and was taken into police custody, though he has not been formally charged.

Petarius has a restraining order with a weapon prohibition filed against him from 2010 to 2014. Court records to not indicate whether or not it was his ex-wife who filed the order, Waukesha Patch reports.

In 2008, Petarius was the director of clowns for the Tripoli Shrine Center.

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