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Still no motive for officer's actions that led to manhunt


Eau Claire (WQOW) - There's still no word on the motive behind the strange actions of a Wisconsin police lieutenant accused of burglary, car theft, and leading police on a chase in western Wisconsin.

Waupun Police Lt. Brad Young remains jailed in Burnett County where he was captured Tuesday night.  Young called 911 to surrender as SWAT teams surrounded the area where he had allegedly holed up inside a cabin.  He's also suspected of breaking into another nearby cabin.

The investigation began when Young allegedly broke into a restaurant in Green Lake County.   State investigators are looking into whether he can be tied to other burglaries in that area. 

Young has been placed on administrative leave by the Waupun Police Department.

The Department of Justice says its investigation is ongoing.

Burnett County Sheriff's officials say Young has been cooperative and agreed to be questioned. They also say he did not have any weapons when he was arrested.  Young was not in court Wednesday because no judge was available, but court officials say he could have an initial appearance Thursday.   

In Barron County, the sheriff is recommending charges of car theft and fleeing an officer.  Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Tuesday's manhunt was a great coordinated effort between various law enforcement agencies.  He also says it was a relief that every cop went home safe.

Click here to read previous stories about the search for Brad Young.

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