NEW BERLIN — The man who fired several shots, some at police, and then apparently killed himself during a police standoff has been identified as Stephen Condiff, 51.
Police found him lying dead of a gunshot wound to the head in a hallway of the home. No one else was in the home, police said.
The incident started shortly before 9 p.m. April 7 in the 4600 block of Oakwood Terrace, at about I-43 west of Sunnyslope Road. According to New Berlin police, officers arriving on the scene heard numerous gunshots and when they located the man firing those shots, he shot at them, too.
The officers returned fire and the suspect retreated into his home, according to police. The suspect fired about 40- to 50-handgun rounds and hit a number of neighboring homes and outbuildings, police said.
The Suburban Critical Incident Team crisis negotiators made phone contact, but the man refused to come out of the home, police said. After a standoff of several hours, tactical officers from Waukesha and Milwaukee counties forced their way into the home where they found Condiff dead. The fatal wound was apparently self-inflicted, as he was not hit by police gunfire, police said.
Police found a rifle and many shell casings, including some fired from police weapons, at the scene. They also found an unloaded pistol in a safe in a safe room in the home and a cellphone on a bed in the safe room. Police also confiscated a hard drive from a computer in a bedroom, according to a property inventory turned in to the Waukesha County Circuit Court after authorities obtained a search warrant Saturday.
Waukesha police are taking the lead role in the investigation.