A 32-year-old Tomah man was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney after allegedly pointing a semi-automatic pistol at a couple Oct. 25.

David Michael Barsotti was referred for recklessly endangering safety, endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.

According to the report, the couple were seated on a bench in Buckley Park with their two dogs when they observed a German Shepherd running aggressively toward them. The woman stepped in front of her dogs to protect them and kicked the German Shepherd in self-defense.

After the woman kicked the German Shepherd, its owner, later identified as Barsotti, crossed Holton Street and yelled at the couple. The couple told police that Barsotti then lifted his shirt, pulled a gun from a holster and drew the slide back. The woman said Barsotti pointed the gun at her, which made her fear for her life. She placed a call to 911, which she said Barsotti made no attempt to stop. The report says two other people witnessed Barsotti point the pistol.

The couple said Barsotti placed the gun back in the holster, went back inside his residence and came out with a leash a short time later in search of the German Shepard. Police went to Barsotti’s residence, where a woman allowed them inside. The report says police recovered a 40-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol with a 14-round magazine.

Police found Barsotti a short time later at the intersection of Glendale Avenue and Holton Street holding a leash. He was ordered to the ground and was handcuffed without incident.

Barsotti acknowledged approaching the couple and asking them not to kick his dog. He told the police his dog is friendly and wasn’t threatening anyone. The report says he originally denied pulling the pistol from the holster but later said he pulled the pistol but didn’t point it at anyone.

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Tomah Journal editor Steve Rundio can be reached at steve.rundio@lee.net.

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