Who Is Nathan Halfmann? New Details On The Man Who Held Girlfriend Hostage And Threatened To Kill Her While Streaming On Facebook Live

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Who Is Nathan Halfmann? New Details On The Man Who Held Girlfriend Hostage And Threatened To Kill Her While Streaming On Facebook Live

What happens when a man with a lengthy criminal record and a warrant out for his arrest steals a van? A five hour standoff with police that closes Interstate 94 and Highway 67 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The standoff ended with the man named Nathan Halfmann being shot by police. According to the Waukesha County Sheriff, he remains in critical condition. However, he wasn't the only one in the van. Halfmann's girlfriend was with him too. She told viewers on Facebook Live, they have a love-hate relationship. Halfmann was allegedly holding girlfriend Kalin Sunde hostage in the van when she decided to get on Facebook Live and record the scary standoff. Who is Nathan Halfmann? And why did his girlfriend decide to go on Facebook Live? 

1. Nathan Halfmann has a criminal record

According to Fox 6 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Halfmann has a lengthy criminal record. In the past, Halfmann has been charged with possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. In May, the 37-year-old was charged with battery or threat to a judge, prosecutor, or law enforcement officer, resisting or obstructing an officer, failing to comply with an officer, disorderly conduct and felony bail jumping. Court records also showed a warrant for his arrest with two open cases. Kalin Sunde also has a drug posession charge. 

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2. Halfmann allegedly held his girlfriend, Kalin Sunde, hostage during the standoff with police

Halfmann was driving a stolen van and being chased by police when he pointed a gun out the window and told police he was holding his girlfriend hostage. On Sunde's Facebook Live, Halfmann threatened police by saying he would shoot his girlfriend. The video shows Sunde being afraid of dying in the crossfire between Halfmann and police. According to a Waukesha County Sheriff, Halfmann kept a gun pointed at Sunde even when they jumped out of the van and ran. That's when two officers fired, hitting Halfmann multiple times. Sunde was taken into custody after running onto I-94. The Waukesha County Sheriff says Sunde stabbed a police dog named Justice. Sunde is now being charged as an accomplice and the dog was treated and released from an animal hospital. Prosecutors are saying Sunde wasn't held captive at all. 

3. Sunde's reasons for going on Facebook Live

Kalin Sunde said she had two reasons for going live on Facebook. She explained she went live for leverage over the police and to expose their wrongdoings. Sunde told police the video is the only leverage they have. She said, "I’m more than happy to have everything posted.” Throughout the Facebook Live, Sunde was asking viewers to share the video and post it to show that police "can't, you know, help people." 

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4. Kalin Sunde is now facing charges

Sunde is facing quite a few charges for the crime. The list includes driving or operating a vehicle without owner's consent, felony bail jumping, failure to comply with officer's attempt to take a person into custody, as party to a crime, failure to comply with officer's attempt to take a person into custody, strike police/fire animal using a dangerous weapon, causing injury, and attempting to flee or elude an officer. Meanwhile, Halfmann's lawyer doesn't even know where his client is being held. 

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Lauren Margolis is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture, entertainment news and relationship topics.