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Son of gunshot victims charged over his actions at crime scene

posted Feb. 16, 2017 12:00 a.m. (CDT)
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by / Dan Holtz. bio | email

The son of the couple who died of gunshot wounds last week faces two criminal charges after police say he tried to enter the crime scene against officers’ commands.

Joseph A. Lantz repeatedly resisted officers’ attempts to keep him from the residence where his parents’ bodies were, which is also where he resided, police say.

Lantz, 22, 2041 Crescent Ave., was charged Wednesday in Eau Claire County Court with misdemeanor counts of resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.

Lantz will make his initial court appearance at 11 a.m. today.

According to the criminal complaint:

The bodies of Dean J. Lantz, 49, and Karie J. Lantz, 44, were found inside his home by their daughter Angel Schnook, who reported their deaths just after 3 p.m. Feb. 6. Dean Lantz had a gun in his hand when she found him.

Joseph Lantz bypassed several officers with his truck in an attempt to get to his residence. Officers used their squad cars to block the area from traffic so they could secure the crime scene.

Joseph Lantz narrowly missed striking at least one squad car and an officer with his vehicle.

Joseph Lantz got out of the truck and tried to run to his house, evading officers who were on foot. He repeatedly ignored their demands to stop.

Joseph Lantz was apprehended by officers and handcuffed about 30 yards from the residence.

Joseph Lantz told an officer he didn’t want to talk to him. He told the detective that the police should not bother taking off the handcuffs because he would run them over.

Officers asked Schnook to try to calm down her brother, but her efforts were unsuccessful.

Once Joseph Lantz was handcuffed, officers tried to get his cooperation, but they were also unsuccessful.

At one point, Joseph Lantz told officers there would be a fight if they removed the handcuffs.

During an interview with Joseph Lantz at the Eau Claire Police Department, an officer was met with emotionless defiance.

Joseph Lantz was offered multiple opportunities to speak with someone, including a chaplain, but declined. 

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com