MILWAUKEE, WI -- A 48-year-old Greenfield man is facing charges after he allegedly pulled out his gun at an area restaurant after his friends got him a piece of cake to celebrate his birthday, then leading police into a standoff at his home.
Richard E. Joslin was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Tuesday with one count of disorderly conduct with use of a dangerous weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On May 15, two of Joslin’s friends took him to to celebrate his birthday and cheer him up. The waitress brought him a piece of cake and then went to get candles to put on top of it when he suddenly got in the face of one of his friend’s and shouted “back up off me,” then pulled up his shirt exposing a handgun he had in a holster.
Joslin continued yelling “back off me” and then “cocked the hammer back” on the gun and then told the man “you know what this means?” Joslin then threatened to punch the man by taking a mock swing at him.
The two men then fled the restaurant and went to the Greenfield Police Department to report Joslin, who they feared as suicidal and dangerous given his military and weapons experience. Officers then went to Joslin’s residence in the 3500 block of South Rivershire Drive where a standoff ensued before he was taken into custody.
He will make his initial appearance in court Aug. 13.