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West Bend man posts increased cash bond after failing to comply with 3rd requested competency exam

September 21, 2023 – West Bend, WI – Douglas Carter, 56, posted bond in Washington County Court today, even after the amount was raised to $30,000 because the court said he failed to comply with an order to complete a competency exam. It was June 20, 2023, when West Bend Police, Washington County Sheriff’s deputies and the SWAT team took Carter into custody following an extended standoff in the 1700 block of Woodridge Road in West Bend, WI.

Police said the resident was “making threats to harm a neighboring family with a knife and burn down another home.”

Charges were filed in Judge James Muehlbauer’s courtroom.

Carter is charged with a felony failure to comply with officer, and misdemeanor charges including operate firearm while intoxicated, resisting /obstructing an officer, dangerous use of a weapon, disorderly conduct, and a handful of bail jumping charges. He is also facing misdemeanor criminal charges tied to two previous incidents.

In court Thursday afternoon:


Carter is facing similar charges from several incidents including one June 6, 2023, another June 13, 2023, and then the last incident June 20, 2023.

The initial competency exam was ordered June 22, 2023. The issue regarding the exam was reiterated during an August 11, 2023 court hearing, and now again Carter is being ordered to comply with the exam.

Neighbors noted Carter was home briefly on August 11, 2023, to gather some belongings and move his truck into the garage. Court records also indicate he’s move to Lake Bernice Drive in Campbellsport.

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In the cases against Carter both have instructions that he have “No contact with L.L.C., M.L.G., T.J.G., E.Z. Absolute sobriety. Not possess any dangerous weapons. No contact with the residents located at addresses listed on bond or the properties.” The other instructions include: “No contact with L.A.C. and E.Z. Not possess any firearms. Absolute sobriety.”

A check of the Washington County Jail shows Carter posted $30,000 bond and was released September 21, 2023.

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Wendy Wendorf

On a history note: Carter’s home on Woodridge Road used to be in the name of David Carter, who was convicted in 1990 in Washington County Circuit court of 2nd degree reckless homicide.

Carter’s wife, Catherine Pesch, died in 1990. David Carter was sentenced to 8 years in prison. The homicide occurred inside the home.

David Carter died March 8, 2019 at the age of 80.  His obituary lists Douglas Carter as his son.

Washington County tax records show Douglas Carter currently listed as the homeowner at the address on Woodridge Road, West Bend, WI.

Below is the original story that ran June 20, 2023 at WashingtonCountyInsider.com

A man, Douglas Carter, was taken into custody in the 1700 block of Woodridge Road on Tuesday evening, June 20, 2023, around 7:47 p.m. following an extended standoff with police.

A large military vehicle sat on the front lawn of the home in a neighborhood on the southeast end of town. Washington County Sheriffs were also on scene along with the SWAT Team.

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Squads were parked at the end of Paradise Drive and Maplewynde, cordoning off the area. Neighbors lined Maplewynde as they waited out the situation.

On 06/20/23 at 3:20 p.m. the West Bend Police Department responded to the 1700 block of Woodridge Road regarding multiple reports of a 56-year-old male resident making threats to harm a neighboring family with a knife and burn down another home.
When officers attempted to speak to the man, he threatened law enforcement and retreated into his residence.
West Bend Officers negotiated with the man for several hours in an attempt to have him exit his home. During the negotiations, the man repeatedly threatened law enforcement and his behavior continued to escalate.
When negotiations were unsuccessful, less lethal and chemical munitions were utilized to take the man into custody.
The man was transported by West Bend Fire to the hospital with minor injuries and will be placed into the Washington County Jail on multiple charges once medically cleared.
The West Bend Police Department appreciates the assistance provided to us by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department to safely resolve this incident without any major injuries.


The standoff reportedly started earlier in the afternoon at 3:20 p.m.

Around 7 p.m. after police were spotting unloading a black case from the back of a squad on Longmeadow Drive, there was a loud bang around 7:30 p.m.


Police had been shouting orders through a megaphone ordering the man to come out with his hands up.

Shortly after the bang, Carter, dressed in a white t-shirt and greenish pants, was led out of the garage.

Carter, who was taken into custody, was walking in bare feet and complained he was bleeding and in need of immediate medical attention. Other than Carter, it appeared nobody was injured.


This is a working story and more information will be posted when details are available.

Wendy Wendorf
Collett Systems

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