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Dunn Co. (News Release) - Dunn County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Maki announces his finding that the actions taken by the Barron County Sheriff's deputies during the apprehension of Jared Brendel were appropriate.

According to the reports on June 3, 2014, a traffic stop was attempted by Barron County Sheriff's deputies in Barron County that resulted in a pursuit. The driver of the fleeing vehicle was Jared Brendel, who was wanted on numerous felony charges and information that he was armed and dangerous.

The chase continued into Dunn County. At the conclusion of the pursuit, Brendel shot at law enforcement officers striking a squad car being driven by an officer twice. Officers returned fire at Brendel, striking vehicle. Brendel's firearm eventually jammed and he allowed himself to be taken into custody. Fortunately, no one was stuck by a bullet. An investigation of this incident was conducted by the Dunn County Sheriff's Department.

Charges are filed against Jared Brendel relating to this incident. Officers are lawfully allowed to use force, including deadly force when such force is necessary to protect themselves or others from the risk of serious bodily injury or death. That was the case in this incident. No charges will be filed against Barron County Sheriff's deputies.


Barron Co. (News Release) -
On June 11, 2014, a shooting review panel took place involving the use of deadly force from the incident on June 3, 2014, involving Jared Brendel.

Captain Ron Baures, a 25-year veteran of law enforcement, and Sergeant Tim Prytz, a 28-year veteran of law enforcement, were both cleared and justified in the use of deadly force by a panel made up of three sheriffs, one chief deputy, one police chief and one firearms instructor.

Deputy Jeff Wolfe, a six-year veteran of law enforcement, was also cleared to return to work as he was the operator of the vehicle that was struck by bullets fired by Brendel.


Dunn County (WQOW)  - 
There were some very tense moments in northern Dunn County Tuesday afternoon. Shots were fired during a manhunt. The suspect was taken into custody, and there were no serious injuries.

Authorities have been looking for Jared Brendel since last month after a high-speed chase near Dallas, Wisconsin.

The Barron County sheriff then launched a manhunt last night when Brendel was spotted.

No sign of him again until today around noon, allegedly driving a stolen car. That led to a high-speed chase along the Barron-Dunn county line.

Deputies had to use a special maneuver to end the chase, but even then the incident only escalated.

"As you saw by the marks in the door, it's really a wonder he wasn't hit," says Sheriff Dennis Smith of the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department.

The manhunt for Jared Brendel started on Monday night. Law enforcement called him armed and dangerous. On Tuesday afternoon, he was spotted in a stolen car. During a chase, Barron County deputies put out stop sticks.

"He was able to go around the stop sticks. So we tried different things," Smith added.

As the chase went south into Dunn County, a deputy used a special maneuver going around a curve to spin out the stolen car.

"When you get down to the point where you're say 30, 40 miles an hour, the squad comes up to one side or the other. When they get their front fender about even with the back tire, they just move over and step on the gas enough to get the car enough to spin the car off into the ditch nice and slowly," explained Smith.

That happened near the intersection of 1370th avenue and 530th Street near Ridgeland. The sheriff says at some point, Brendel fired shots at the deputies. Barron County deputies fired back.

"He ended up stopping shooting, and then they saw his hands were empty, so then they didn't return any more fire," Smith said.

Neither deputies nor Brendel were hit during the gun fire, but a Barron County squad car and the stolen car were hit several times. A sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries from flying glass during the gun fire. Brendel will spend the night in the Dunn County jail. Charges are expected to be filed.

This is not the first time we've reported on Brendel. 15 years ago, he was sentenced along with his twin brother for beating and shooting a dog and her puppies in Barron County. They were ordered to spend a year in counseling. Back to Tuesday's incident, three Barron County deputies are on paid administrative leave during an investigation. That is typical in a shooting that involves law enforcement officers.


Barron County (WQOW) - UPDATE: The subject of a manhunt is now in custody, after allegedly firing shots at pursuing deputies.

Authorities were looking for Jared Brendel since Monday night. He's wanted in connection with a high speed chase near Dallas last month.

On Monday, the sheriff's department says Brendel was seen outside a home south of Dallas with a gun. Deputies went looking for him, but he took off in a truck which was later found stuck in a field. SWAT teams joined deputies in the search. A state patrol plane was even used but authorities were unable to locate Brendel.

Then Tuesday around noon, deputies located Brendel in a stolen vehicle and a chase took place.  Authorities say after stop sticks failed to work, a deputy drove alongside Brendel's car and used a pit maneuver to cause Brendel's car to spin out.  Brendel's car eventually ended up in the ditch, and authorities say that's when he got out and started firing shots at the deputy's vehicle. Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith says it appears a bullet hit the front of the deputy's vehicle.

Deputies were eventually able to arrest him after exchanging fire. Our reporter on scene says there are at least six bullet holes in the vehicle Brendel was reportedly driving. No one was hit or seriously injured during the incident.

The area where the chase ended, near the intersection of 1370th Ave. and 530th St. in Ridgeland, is blocked off while crews continue their investigation.

We'll continue to update this developing story as we learn more information.

**This is not the first time WQOW News 18 has reported on Jared Brendel. In November of 1999, Brendel and his twin brother John were sentenced for beating and shooting a labrador retriever and her puppies in Barron County. The two were ordered to pay $4,500 and participate in a year of counseling.


Barron County (News Release) -
On June 3, 2014, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a male walking in a field near the area where the search for Jared Brendel had occurred the day before. Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol and K-9 Officers from Rice Lake Police Department and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area.

During the search of the area, a vehicle without license plates was located. When a Barron County Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the vehicle failed to stop. A chase ensued into Dunn County with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol Airplane and during the approximate 10 mile chase.

During the chase, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department was advised that this vehicle was just stolen from a residence in Dallas and the suspect was Jared Brendel.

On 1360th Avenue in Dunn County, a Barron County Sheriff’s squad pitted the vehicle and as it went into the ditch, the driver, later identified as Jared Brendel, fired multiple shots at Barron County Deputies. Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department retuned fire toward Brendel.

Neither deputies nor Brendel were struck during the exchange of gun fire. A Barron County Squad car and the stolen vehicle were struck several times. A Barron County Sheriff’s Deputy sustained minor injuries from glass fragments from the gun fire.

The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office is handling the shooting investigation and the Wisconsin State Patrol is handling the crash.

Brendel is being held in the Dunn County Jail on charges of a Felony Probation Hold and other charges are expected.

Three deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department are on paid administrative leave per our policy and a shooting review panel will be conducted.


Barron County (WQOW) - There's a manhunt in Barron County for someone the sheriff calls armed and dangerous.

Law enforcement officers are looking for Jared Brendel. He's wanted in connection with a high speed chase near Dallas last month.

Monday, the sheriff's department says Brendel was seen outside a home south of Dallas with a gun. Deputies went looking for him, but he took off in a truck which was later found stuck in a field. Swat teams joined deputies in the search a state patrol plane was even used but no sign of Brendel.

The sheriff says the search is frustrating. He also says the terrain is swampy, but said they will catch him.

You're urged to call 911 if you see him or know where he is. As soon as more information becomes available, we'll post it here.


Barron County (Press Release) The Barron County Sheriff's Dept received a call at 5:21pm that Jared Brendel, who is wanted by the Barron County Sheriff's Dept, was outside a residence south of Dallas and had a firearm with him.

Deputies responded to the area and Brendel had fled the area in a truck, which was located stuck in a field a short distance away. A search was conducted of the area with the help of the RLPD K-9, the Dunn Co Sheriff's Dept, the Turtle Lake Police, the Washburn Co Swat Team, the Wisconsin State Patrol including the state patrol aircraft and the Barron County Emergency response team.

At this time he cannot be located and he is to be considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone sees or knows the whereabouts of Brendel please call 911.


Near Dallas (WQOW) - The Barron County sheriff says law enforcement officers are searching for an armed suspect in a wooded area near Dallas.

There's no word yet on why they're looking for the man, but Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says two SWAT teams are helping search the area, along with a plane from the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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