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UPDATE: Wanted officer in custody; Sheriff releases more details about arrest

Photo from Waupun Police Department Facebook page Photo from Waupun Police Department Facebook page

UPDATE:  More information about the arrest of a fugitive law enforcement officer today:

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the DCI was alerted that Brad Young was in Burnett County.  Area SWAT teams were then sent to an area northwest of Trego on Lost Lake Road. Sheriff Fitzgerald says Young was aware they had him surrounded so he called 911 and told them he wanted to turn himself in. When officers moved in, they found him sitting on the steps of a cabin he had allegedly broken into earlier. The stolen car out of Rice Lake was found nearby. Young was taken to the Burnett County Jail and is being questioned.

Tonight at 10 on WQOW News 18, hear from Young's fellow officers in Waupun.


PRESS RELEASE: At 5:10 p.m. Bradley Young wanted in connection with several burglaries in Green Lake County and a high speed chase and stolen vehicle in Barron County was taken into custody in Burnett County without incident with the help of the Washburn, Barron, Burnett and Douglas County Swat teams along with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol, DCI and WI DNR.  He is currently being held in Burnett County Jail on local charges of Burglary. 

Per Chris Fitzgerald-Barron County Sheriff

Scott Burns-Burnett County Chief Deputy


UPDATE:  A law enforcement officer has confirmed to WQOW News 18 that Brad Young has been taken into custody.  The officer tells WQOW News 18 that Young called 911 and turned himself in.  No one was hurt.  We'll post more details as they become available.


Information from Waupun Police Department Facebook page: On the morning of August 5th, 2013 the Waupun Police Department received information from Green Lake County Sheriff's Department that they were investigating criminal activity in which they believed Lt. Brad Young of the Waupun Police Department was a suspect.

We later learned there was a burglary warrant issued for his arrest. The criminal investigation is being handled by Green Lake County Sheriff's Department and also the Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation.

An internal investigation will be conducted once he is in custody. At this point he is not believed to be in the City of Waupun. The City of Waupun and its citizens are safe at this time.

Please contact your local authorities if you have contact with him.


RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- Barron County sheriff's officials say a police officer wanted for burglarizing a Green Lake restaurant has apparently stolen a second vehicle.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Waupun Officer Brad Young may have taken a 1996 white 4-door Nissan Maxima from a farm near Rice Lake. The sheriff's department issued a statewide alert for the vehicle with the license plate 480-HGK.

Fitzgerald says Young led deputies on a car chase Monday evening and fled on foot into some woods near Rice Lake. Homes in the area were temporarily evacuated.

The Green Lake County Sheriff's Department says the 43-year-old officer, dressed in camouflage, broke into Walkers Kollerville Restaurant in Green Lake about 1 a.m. Monday. A deputy chased the suspect and lost him in a cornfield. A pickup truck was stolen from a nearby residence about two hours later.


Green Lake Co. (Press Release) - In the early morning hours of Monday, August 5, 2013, the Walkers Kollerville Restaurant, Green Lake, was forcefully entered.  A detection system alerted the owners of the restaurant who called the Green Lake County Sheriff's Office.

A Green Lake County Deputy arrived at Walkers, 1:03am, and during an exterior search of the building observed the suspect exit the restaurant and run into a cornfield.  A foot chase ensued and the subject was lost in the cornfield.  A perimeter was established and the Green Lake Area Combined Tactical Unit was called out.  Area law enforcement assisted in the perimeter including a search dog from the Fond Du Lac Police Department.

Shortly after daylight a vehicle was located east of the restaurant in a field entrance.  A search warrant was prepared, authorized, and served on the vehicle.  A separate search warrant was prepared, authorized, and served upon the registered owner's residence in Brandon, Wisconsin.  Evidence was obtained from the vehicle.

Due to the suspect being a local Wisconsin law enforcement officer, the Division of Criminal Investigation was called and will take over the investigative portion of this burglary and possibly others associated within the area.  A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources airplane ran air surveillance while attempts were made to locate the  suspect. 

At approximately 2:55pm a Green Lake resident, about two miles northwest of the incident, reported that his 1985 Toyota extended cab truck was stolen.   Authorities believed that the suspect may be headed to western Wisconsin.  A coordinated effort with western Wisconsin authorities resulted in the stolen 1985 Toyota truck being located in Barron County, Wisconsin.  In Barron County, at approximately 6:00pm, a high-speed chase ensured which resulted in a crash.  The suspect fled on foot and after an extensive overnight search, is still at large.

The suspect is a Wisconsin law enforcement officer and may be armed  -- caution should be used in dealing with this individual.   If you see the suspect dial #911.

Additional release information will follow as the situation merits.


UPDATE: Barron County (WQOW) - An overnight search for a man considered armed in dangerous continues this morning in Barron County. According to the Barron County Sheriff, Chris Fitzgerald, the man they are searching for, 43 year old Brad Young, has not been apprehended.

The search has since been scaled back and now only the Barron County Sheriff's Department is on scene.

Young, from the Waupun area, is wanted by the Green Lake County Sheriff's Department for burglary and vehicle theft.

He was spotted in Barron County and led officers on a high speed chase, crashed into a wooded area and took off on foot. 

Multiple SWAT teams and other law enforcement agencies were involved in the search Monday night but are no longer assisting at this time. Only the Barron County Sheriff's Department is still searching for Young.

The search is happening between Rice Lake and Cumberland in the area of 13 ½ Street and 23rd Avenue north of Highway 48 in Rice Lake. The Barron County Sheriff wants people to avoid the area and if you do see Young call 911.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department is following up with residents who may have seen anything suspicious.

Sheriff Fitzgerald says the area they're searching is a very heavily wooded area with large ravines and thick brush. There are also large culverts in the area making the search difficult. 


Barron County (WQOW) - There is an intense search in Barron County for a law enforcement officer who is considered armed and dangerous.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Brad Young, a 43-year-old law enforcement officer from the Waupun area, is wanted by the Green Lake County Sheriff's Department for burglary and motor vehicle theft.  He was spotted in Barron County on Monday and allegedly led officers on a high speed chase, crashed into a wooded area and took off.

Multiple SWAT teams and other law enforcement agencies are searching for him.  They're between Rice Lake and Cumberland, concentrating on an area near 13 1/2 Street and 23rd Avenue.  Sheriff Fitzgerald wants people to avoid the area, but call 911 if you see Young.

WQOW News 18 will post updates as they become available. 

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