Sturgeon Bay Police Captain Dan Brinkman was back before the media Tuesday, providing more details on the shooting incident & standoff in the city Monday evening. Brinkman gave a step by step chronology of the events that led to the standoff involving Christopher McNulty, how it started & how it was resolved. He noted that all of the aspects & details of the incident will be evaluated on several levels…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/N1224.mp3|titles=Brinkman ]
Brinkman recounted how McNulty’s girlfriend alerted authorities to his state of mind, that he was distraught & had, in the past, threatened to harm himself. The Sturgeon Bay Captain said authorities had been told that McNulty had extensive combat experience, having served in “wars” over a 20 year career. Brinkman also defended the responding officers decision not to return fire…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/N1225.mp3|titles=Brinkman – officers response]
Brinkman said McNulty kept cutting off communication with officers, but that he had sent messages to others that could be construed as threatening. He said, based on the lack of contact & other considerations, the decision was made to discontinue waiting & go in to get McNulty…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/N1226.mp3|titles=Brinkman – going in]
Brinkman said McNulty was placed in custody quickly & the seven hour ordeal was over. He said the county man never explained why he fired shots. Also on hand at the meeting were Sturgeon Bay Police Chief Arleigh Porter, Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel, & Fire Chief Tim Herlache. The consensus was that the handling of the situation by way of a coordinated plan using highly trained personnel from several agencies contributed to the successful resolution of a dangerous situation.