Brown Deer PD audit recommends more domestic violence training after Haughton incidents

CREATED May 7, 2013 - UPDATED: May 7, 2013

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BROWN DEER - An audit in the aftermath of a Brookfield spa shooting last fall that left four dead recommends that Brown Deer police increase their training in how they respond to domestic abuse calls.

Radcliffe Haughton killed his estranged wife, Zina, and two other women before killing himself Oct. 21 at the Azana Salon & Spa.

Brown Deer police had previously responded 27 times in 11 years to problems between the couple including three cases of alleged domestic abuse, in some cases doing nothing.

In one 2011 case officers thought they saw Radcliffe point a gun at his wife from a window at their home. But they eventually retreated because they said they couldn't confirm the object was a gun.

The auditor made nine recommendations, including things like more training for cases of domestic violence and tactical deployment, written detailed reports on actions taken or not taken during domestic abuse cases, and using on-officer cameras.

As for the department, Brown Deer Police Lieutenant Lisa Kumbier told 620WTMJ's Jodi Becker, "We need to take time to review it, look at the recommendations and decide how and when we can implement those."

"While we have to look at them and make a determination if we can follow-through on them, and one of the recommendations is a public information officer, and that is already being implemented."

Zina got a restraining order before she died at the hands of her husband.

She feared Radcliffe would act on a threat to throw acid in her face and burn her, and her family, with gas.

Ultimately, the audit said that Brown Deer Police acted professionally and appropriately in all of their dealings with the couple.