Wetzel is to undergo in-patient treatment, while awaiting trial, according to an on-line court filing in the case. The entry indicates a monitor of his location and alcohol use is to be replaced when he comes out of treatment.
The type of treatment was not indicated. Court officials declined to elaborate since treatment is a medical issue.
Wetzel not-guilty plea was entered by attorney John Smith. He could not be reached.
Wetzel is scheduled to return Sept. 9 to Warren County Court to face the misdemeanor charges.
No one was injured during the incident. Police seized a shotgun Wetzel pulled from a dresser drawer, according to the report.
“At that point, Mr. Wetzel opened his top dresser drawer, pulled out a shotgun and racked a round into the chamber. Mrs. Wetzel stated that she has ‘never been so afraid in her life’ and she dialed 911,” according to the report.
Wetzel was booked into the county jail, but released Aug. 12 on a “signature bond.”
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A temporary protection order remains in effect. The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office declined to suggest a bond, indicating it would be seeking a special prosecutor.
Mason City Prosecutor Bethany Bennett is handling the prosecution. She was unsure about the treatment entry and declined further comment.
Lebanon Police Chief Jeff Mitchell said Wetzel, recognized as Officer of the Year in 2016 by the local Rotary Club, has been placed on administrative leave and relieved of his duties while the case is pending.