Planning Commission member Chuck Buttgereit was tackled by police and arrested Monday afternoon after firing a shotgun twice in his home and then taking the weapon inside a neighbor's house.
Police Sgt. J.E. Thompson said officers believe Buttgereit fired the 12-gauge shotgun at an imaginary assailant and then ran from his house to a neighbor's house several doors away. A passing motorist saw the man on the corner of 1225 East and 8285 South with the weapon and called police.The neighbor, who was home with her three children, also called the police after Buttgereit entered her home with the gun and took a large knife from the kitchen. Thompson said Buttgereit apparently fled to the neighbor's house to seek refuge from the imaginary assailant he fired the shots at.
Arriving police and dispatchers made phone contact with Buttgereit and talked him out of the house. "He was told by officers to put down the weapons several times and finally put the weapons on the ground," Thompson said. "When he moved back toward the weapons, he was tackled by officers and taken into custody."
Thompson said Buttgereit was taken to University Hospital for a 72-hour evaluation. Officers were waiting Tuesday to screen the case with the county attor-ney's office.