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Charges for shooting in Wauzeka on Christmas Eve upgraded
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WAUZEKA - Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick reported earlier that  on December 24, at 11:56 p.m., the dispatch center received a 911 call from Cheryl L. Lippitt, 50, of Industrial Drive in the Village of Wauzeka.  

Lippitt stated that she had just shot her live-in boyfriend, Harold P Schuh, 50, and he was currently inside their residence on Industrial Drive, according to the sheriff. Deputies responded and found Schuh lying on the living room floor.  

Schuh was conscious and told deputies that he had been shot in the arm and stomach. Deputies found a .45 caliber handgun in the residence, which was suspected to be the weapon Lippitt used to shoot Schuh.  

Schuh was transported to the Boscobel Hospital and ultimately transferred to UW Hospital in Madison, where he was reported to be in stable condition.  

Cheryl Lippitt, who appeared to be extremely intoxicated, told deputies that earlier that evening she and Schuh had gotten into an argument and began to hit each other and break items in the house.  Lippitt stated that during the fight she became afraid for her safety, so she shot Schuh and then called police.  

Lippitt did have what appeared to be bruising, scrapes and cuts on her face and arms, and the residence appeared as though there was some type of altercation with items broken and thrown around the home. 

Lippitt was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail where she was held on the initial charges of intoxicated use of a firearm, endanger safety with the use of a dangerous weapon and domestic disorderly conduct.

Assisting at the scene were the Wauzeka First Responders, Boscobel EMS and Boscobel Police Department.    

The defendant was released on $500 cash bond on Thursday, Dec. 26.  

Cheryl L. Lippitt made an initial appearance in Crawford County Circuit Court on Monday, Jan.6. The charges against her were upgraded to second-degree reckless injury for the Christmas Eve incident that left Harold P. Schuh critically injured. 

If convicted of causing second-degree reckless injury (causing great bodily harm) to Harold P. Schuh Jr. a Class F Felony, the defendant, Cheryl L. Lippitt, may be fined not more than $25,000 or imprisoned not more than 12 years and six months, or both.

On the criminal complaint filed Monday, Lippitt’s address was changed from 33455 Industrial Drive Lot 22 in Wauzeka to 4064 Borden Road in Boscobel.

The criminal complaint largely confirms information previously provided in the sheriff’s department press release. However, some information not previously released was provided.

The complaint confirms that Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy Cody Mullikin was dispatched to the residence on Industrial Drive on the evening of December 24, 2019.

Mullikin arrived at the residence and found Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy Ploessl and Boscobel Officer Cody Trumm were already there, according to the criminal complaint. The defendant was sitting in Deputy Ploessl’s squad car. 

The trio of officers entered the residence and found Harold Schuh lying on the floor of the living room in a fetal position on his left side, according to the criminal complaint. Deputy Mullikin stated that he could see blood on Harold’s arms, pants and shirt and on the floor under him. Harold stated that he was shot in the right elbow and stomach. 

Deputy Mullikin located a wound on the lower right side of Harold’s abdomen. He put some paper towel on the wound and placed pressure on it until EMS arrived, according to the criminal complaint. Harold told Officer Trumm that he and the defendant had an argument that it was verbal and physical, on both of their parts. Harold stated that he was being pushed and hit and that he did punch the defendant in the face. During this altercation, the defendant allegedly stated that she wished he was dead. 

Harold stated that he went and got his .45 caliber handgun and gave it to the defendant and stated that if that’s what you want, do it then, according to the criminal complaint. Harold stated that the defendant then shot him two times. Cheryl L. Lippitt is scheduled to make an adjourned initial appearance on Monday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. in Crawford County Circuit Court.