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Court records show Wisconsin gunman had history of abuse

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It was just last week that the gunman in the Brookfield, Wis. Day spa mass-shooting was ordered to turn in all of his guns to police, following a restraining order from his estranged wife.

Court records show Radcliffe and Zina Haughton's marriage had become increasingly troubled, especially over the last few weeks.

Haughton was charged with disorderly conduct and domestic abuse in January of last year, but those charges were later dropped.

This court filing shows police were called to the Haughton home, after he allegedly threw his wife's clothes and bed out in the couple's yard, and poured tomato juice on her car.

When police arrived, they said Haughton refused to come out of his home and "pointed a long barreled black object out of the window" at his wife, Zina Haughton. But police never confirmed whether it was a gun.

The report shows the standoff ended peacefully.

SEE: Oct. 4, 2012 police report, Radcliffe Haughton tire slashing (PDF)

Still, the Milwaukee County District Attorney charged Haughton with disorderly conduct, but the case was later dropped. District Attorney John Chisholm says the fact that Brown Deer officers didn't arrest Haughton at the time limited what his office was able to do with the prosecution.

Brown Deer Police issued a statement defending their officers, saying they could not arrest Radcliffe Haughton because Zina Haughton was "uncooperative", and although they thought they saw Haughton with a gun, they could not substantiate that.

Earlier this month, things got worse.

Haughton was arrested on October 4th after slashing his wife's car tires at the salon where the shooting later happened.

Records show Zina Haughton told police her husband had harmed her in the past, and she was afraid he would continue to harm her.

On October 8th, Zina Haughton filed for a restraining order, saying "He threatened to throw acid in my face, burn me and my family with gas. His threats terrorize my every waking moment."

That same day, Haughton sounded off on his Facebook page, "Need to get out of Wisconsin, help," and then "Can anyone help me get out of Wisconsin?" a day later. 

Brown Deer Police say since 2001 they've had a number of calls to the Haughton home, for incidents ranging from animal complaints to domestic violence, but they say that January 2011 incident when Haughton was not arrested, was the most serious.

Haughton is a former marine, who had worked as a car salesman. More recently, he had been taking classes at a Milwaukee area technical college.

One of his professors told FOX's Milwaukee affiliate that Haughton used to be a "lively, promising student." That was until recently, when he confided in the professor he was having marital trouble.

That professor said he tried to get Haughton help through a campus program, but that never happened.

Haughton failed to show up for an exam on Friday, and his professor believes "he just felt trapped, and snapped."


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