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UPDATE: Man sentenced after shooting a gun in a Rice Lake home


Barron County (WQOW) -
The Rice Lake man charged with firing a gun into his kitchen floor to scare his wife, will serve jail time.

In February, David Bartels' wife and children barricaded themselves in their home to get away from him. Police surrounded the home and were eventually able to get them out through a window. Police believe Bartels was intoxicated at the time.

Wednesday, as part of a plea deal, Bartels was sentenced to 30 days in jail, two years of probation, and 120 hours of community service.

Barron County (WQOW) - One person is in jail after a domestic situation in Rice Lake Sunday morning. 

According to police, shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday, police were called to a home on the south side of Rice Lake because a woman said her husband shot a gun at the floor of the home during a fight. The caller said she secured herself and the children in a separate room.

David Bartels, 37, was taken into custody about 2.5 hours later.

In order to alert Bartels, Barron County Emergency Response Team shot four bean bags into the living room window. 

"The officers knew that Mr. Bartels was laying on the couch below the window and they took the window out to make it cool in there for whatever reason and that did wake him up and Mr. Bartels came out of the residence willingly," Captain Tracy Hom of the Rice Lake Police Department said.

Captain Hom said when Bartels was arrested he smelled strongly of intoxicants. 

He was taken to the Barron County Jail pending formal charges. 

Barron County (WQOW) -- The Barron County Emergency Response Team was called to Rice Lake Sunday morning to assist police on a "man with a gun" call. 

The sheriff's department said in a post on social media the team was deployed using the armored vehicle, and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. 

The sheriff said it was another cold call out, but everyone is back home safe with their families with another job well done.

The Rice Lake Police Department is expected to release more information about the incident on Monday. 

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