Authorities: Man who shot Milton man claims self-defense

Published: Oct. 26, 2017 at 3:36 PM CDT
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A man is in critical condition after he was shot on Wednesday night in Milton, and police said the man who shot him claims it was self-dense.

Chief Scott Marquart of the Milton Police Department and the Rock County District Attorney David O’Leary held a press conference in Milton on Thursday afternoon.

Chief Marquart said 30-year-old Zach Barrett was shot in the head. He was taken to a Janesville hospital, and he was then transferred by Med Flight to a Madison hospital.

Police said Barrett’s wife told a roommate, 21-year-old Jason Kraayvanger, that her husband had put a gun to her head. Police said Kraayvanger interveined and told Barrett's wife and their five children to go upstairs.

Kraayvanger said he then found Barrett with a bulletproof vest and several guns. Barrett told Kraayvanger that he was getting ready for police to come.

The two men went outside where they were having an argument. Kraayvanger said that's when Barrett pointed a riffle at his face several times. Kraayvanger said he was swatting the gun out of his face but eventually grabbed a handgun on Barrett’s holster and shot him in self-defense.

Rock County Communications said authorities were called to a home in the 300 block of Elm Street just before 8:30 p.m. for a possible gunshot wound victim.

The Kraayvanger was taken into custody on Wednesday night, but was released on Thursday afternoon. The Rock County District Attorney’s Office said they don’t have enough evidence to prove this wasn’t self-defense.

Police said the investigation is still ongoing and charges could be filed.

Police say if Barrett recovers he could face charges. One charge is for a second offense possession of THC. The second charge is for failure to report to jail. Chief Marquardt says because of those charges Barrett should not have had any guns in his possession.

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