Army combat vet charged with threatening police, saying “Dallas was nothing”

Eric Bourgeois (Facebook/Milwaukee police)

Eric Bourgeois, 34, was arrested after making multiple threats against police officers in Mukwonago, Wisconsin.

The Army veteran is facing multiple charges, including threat to a law-enforcement officer, two counts of theft of movable property, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of a controlled substance, felony intimidation of a witness and three counts of misdemeanor theft, according to Mukwonago Police Department.

Eric Bourgeois before an static line parachute jump in 2008. (Facebook)
Eric Bourgeois before an static line parachute jump in 2008. (Facebook)

Bourgeois was arrested on July 12 after he retaliated against his neighbor, who is also a combat veteran, for reporting a theft to the police that resulted in his arrest two days prior.

On July 10, Bourgeois’ downstairs neighbor reported the theft of her pistol, shotgun, cell phone and prescription drugs to village of Mukwonago Police.  The police had already been at their residence earlier that day for a report that Bourgeois was suicidal, but determined it was false after he left the residence for the VA hospital, according to Lake Country Now.

Bourgeois was later apprehended on July 12 after he was found at a Best Western Motel by West Milwaukee police with his neighbor’s pistol. During a more thorough search of his room, his neighbor’s cell phone and prescription bottle of Clonazepam were also found.   He also is accused of threatening the responding officers, saying “Dallas was nothing” so the officers “better watch out.”

When the West Milwaukee Police took Bourgeois to the VA Hospital for PTSD treatment he continued to make threats to officers, even telling one he would find out where he lived and would kill his family.

According to Lake Country Now’s report, Bourgeois was cleared by the VA and taken to the Milwaukee County Mental Health Facility who also cleared him and recommend his release.

Police officers, at the recommendation of the psychiatrist, drove Bourgeois back to his residence in Mukwonago.

Upon his arrival, he allegedly head-butted his neighbor’s door twice, threatened police again, and threatened to kill his neighbor.

He is scheduled to appear on Aug. 19 at the Waukesha County Courthouse. He has two prior convictions for disorderly conduct.

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