Police procedure questioned in spa shooting case

Legislators request internal Brown Deer PD investigation

Published On: Nov 01 2012 09:00:27 AM CDT
MILWAUKEE -

A dozen state legislators wrote to the Brown Deer police chief asking for an independent investigation of their interactions with a man involved in a deadly spa shooting.

The letter dated Tuesday accuses the department of not upholding Wisconsin’s mandatory arrest law in domestic violence cases. It also criticizes them for blaming the victim for not cooperating.

Radcliffe Haughton fatally shot his wife, Zina Haughton, and two co-workers at a Brookfield spa Oct. 21. He wounded four others before killing himself.

Officers went to the Haughtons' home 20 times in the past decade, including at least seven possible domestic violence calls.

The legislators want a transparent investigation of the department's interactions with Haughton and its domestic violence policies.

Chief Steven Rinzel did not respond to a call seeking comment Wednesday.