The court saga of William Gorman, the man who during an armed standoff outside his home near the Waukesha-Delafield border challenged police to a shootout last April, has come to an end.
Gorman, 53, of the town of Delafield, had his final hearing Monday, Feb. 22, in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez approved a conditional release treatment plan for Gorman, who was receiving treatment at the county Health and Human Services Department for mental illness after pleading guilty but not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to one felony count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety tied to the standoff incident.
Details of the plan were not entered into the public record, but court records indicate that Gorman was granted conditional release into the community in January. All of the property seized from his home — other than firearms, ammunition and other contraband — after his arrest was also returned to him, records show.
Gorman entered his plea last fall. During the hearing, Ramirez found Gorman guilty of committing the crime, but absolved Gorman of legal responsibility for the offense because of his unstable mental condition.
Gorman, a trained firearms instructor, was charged last May with two counts of recklessly endangering safety and failure to comply with an officer's attempt to take him into custody about a month after he was arrested following an hourslong standoff with police outside his home on Maple Avenue in the town of Delafield.
According to a criminal complaint, a report of multiple gunshots coming from Gorman's home triggered a response from several area police departments, which evacuated the surrounding area and shut down a portion of Maple Avenue during the incident, from about 4:30 p.m. April 11, 2015, until about 1:50 a.m. April 15, 2015.
Gorman, a retired Milwaukee detective with military experience, reportedly exited his home armed with a rifle at some point during the standoff, fired a shot in the air and said he was 'going to go out in a blaze of glory' before challenging police to a shootout.