Before Crandon gunman Tyler Peterson took his life, he spoke with the Forest County district attorney in an attempt to negotiate a deal to turn himself in.
The transcript of that phone conversation was part of what the state attorney general released Thursday.
Peterson spoke with District Attorney Leon Stenz for nearly 20 minutes. During the conversation, the D.A. tried to get Peterson to surrender.
During their phone conversation, Peterson told Stenz, "I'll keep the gun on me, and it's not like I'm going to have it raised or anything like that. I'm used to having a gun on me."
Stenz responded, "You got to give us the gun. We can't... How are we going to take you into custody when you got a gun?"
Peterson then told Stenz that he would like to drive to Oneida County and turn himself in, but that a friend would have to come with him.
He then pressed Stenz about working out a deal on charges and sentencing. "Leon," he said, "you got to understand, I would really like to have some type of idea what I'm looking at first. I know I'm looking at at least six life sentences."
Stenz tried again to get Peterson to turn himself in. "If we send a squad out there for you, you put your gun down and, and hope in the squad with them. You'd be safe then. I don't want to see nothing else happen to you, either, Tyler."
But Peterson kept telling Stenz he'd rather drive with someone from the cabin to Oneida County to turn himself in, and refused to go without his gun because, Peterson said, it would make him uncomfortable.
After a few more minutes, Peterson asked Stenz again to offer him a deal.
"The best thing we got to work out at this time is, you got to turn yourself in. Then we can work something out.... I've been fair with everybody," Stenz told him.
But Peterson still didn't want to turn himself in right away, and the conversation ended soon after.