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NEW INFORMATION: Teenagers in shooting, chase thought to have targeted home in Unity

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (WEAU) - Two teenagers are in custody after officers say one shot at police Wednesday night.

They're accused of leading officers on a chase through Clark, Taylor, and Marathon counties.

Officers said they started looking for two runaway teenagers, just after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, on reports of a stolen vehicle and weapons from Taylor county.

At about 5:30 p.m., a homeowner in the Village of Unity said she heard a loud thump in her food pantry and found bullet holes in her wall, according to the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 6:45 p.m., a deputy saw the stolen Dodge truck and pulled over the 15-year-old driver and 13-year-old passenger who are from Marathon and Taylor counties. A few minutes later, a Colby / Abbottsford officer stopped to help out.

“As the Colby Abbottsford officer, which was the first vehicle behind the suspect vehicle, was turning onto pine road, there were numerous shots fired toward the vehicle. Approximately one mile down the road, there were additional shots fired at the squad cars, and at that time, one of the rounds did strike the Colby Abbottsford squad car in the windshield,” Clark County Chief Deputy Jim Backus said.

Officers said the 15-year-old drove and the shots were fired with a rifle from the passenger's seat.

“The chase continued in Clark County up into Taylor County, up on Highway 64 up in the Lubin area, we did lose sight of the vehicle for a time. The subjects then went to another residents where they abandonded the first stolen vehicle and did steal a second vehicle. The 2003 green Chevy truck,” Backus said.

Other agencies and officers came to help, but the two, who haven't been named, got away from the area, he said.

“The cooperation and collaboration amongst agencies; we had contacted within an hour, we had 40 or 50 officers within a dozen different agencies within an hour, and to me, that was truly amazing.”

With tips that they were heading to Green Bay, officers there found them parked and arrested them.

“Being that age, they're going to be less experienced in driving. High speed pursuits, no matter who it is, they're very dangerous … but the fact where they're shooting at an officer, of course makes it much more significant risk, not only to law enforcement but to the public,” he said.

“It is a great outcome.”

An Assistant District Attorney with Clark County said juveniles are usually prosecuted in their home counties. He said there's a possibility the two could be charged as adults.

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NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) --

On Wednesday, August 28, 2013 shortly after 5pm, the Clark County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a stolen vehicle from Taylor County. Information given was that two juveniles, ages 13 and 15, had stolen a white truck and also two high powered rifles and a significant amount of ammunition. The juveniles are from Taylor and Marathon counties.

At about 6:45 pm, a Clark County Deputy observed the vehicle in the area of Hi Line Avenue and Oak Road, in the township of Colby. The vehicle then went northbound at a high rate of speed on Hi Line Ave. The Clark County Deputy did conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, which it did stop on Hi Line Ave., south of Pine Rd.

A Colby-Abbotsford Officer arrived at the traffic stop location to assist with the high risk stop. As an attempt was being made to communicate with the two occupants the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed. The Colby-Abbotsford squad was the first behind the vehicle and the Clark County Squad next.

The suspect vehicle turned west on to Pine Rd. As the Colby-Abbotsford squad was making the turn, a series of shots were fired from the suspect vehicle. The pursuit continued westbound on Pine Rd. A short distance later there was another gun shot from the suspect vehicle which did strike the Colby-Abbotsford squad in the lower windshield.

The pursuit continued and entered into Taylor County. The suspects were lost and additional law enforcement units were requested. Approximately one hour later a second stolen vehicle was reported on 7th Avenue, in the Township of Roosevelt, Taylor County. A Clark County Sergeant was nearby and did locate the first stolen vehicle. This vehicle was collected as evidence and towed to the Clark County impound.

Investigation continued throughout the evening hours and it was learned the two male juvenile suspects were in the City of Green Bay. Information was shared with Green Bay with the two suspects being taken into custody without incident.

Investigation is continuing into this incident with a close collaboration with both Taylor and Marathon Counties. Suspect cooperation is currently allowing investigators to close separate recent crimes that have occurred in the northeast corner of Clark County.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Department commends the numerous agencies that assisted in this case. The cooperation and partnership was a huge part of the success in this case.

There is no other information being released at this time.
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WAUSAU, Wis. (MARATHON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- On August 28, 2013 at approximately 6:13 PM, the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a shooting that occurred at a residence in the Village of Unity, Marathon County.

At approximately 5:30PM, the home owner, who was standing in the kitchen, heard a “loud thump” in her food pantry. She soon determined the holes she observed in her wall and doors were caused by a bullet.

Deputies responded to investigate and during this investigation, Officers from the Colby Abbotsford Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Department located and pursued the suspect vehicle. During this pursuit in Clark County, multiple rounds were fired from the suspect vehicle at the Colby Abbotsford Officer’s squad. One round struck the Colby Abbotsford squad which caused minor injuries to the Colby Abbotsford Officer and damage to the squad.

The two suspects, ages 15 and 13, were armed with semi-auto weapons and ammunition, and driving a stolen vehicle from Taylor County. They were later apprehended by Green Bay Police Department after a multi-jurisdictional man hunt.

Marathon County’s initial investigation into the Unity home shooting leads officers to believe the suspects targeted the Village of Unity residence.

Investigators from Clark County Sheriff’s Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, Colby Abbotsford Police Department, and Marathon County Sheriff’s Department, continue to investigate these incidents, and no other information will be released at this time from Marathon County.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (GREEN BAY POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) --On Wednesday August 28th, 2013 at approximately 10:52 PM the Green Bay Police Department received a message from Taylor County reference an attempt to locate two suspects who had been involved in the theft of two vehicles and guns in that area. Additionally they advised that the subjects discharged a firearm or firearms at a responding police officer. The information from Taylor County indicated that the subjects might be travelling to the Green Bay area and requested assistance from the Green Bay Police Department in locating these individuals.

A Green Bay Police Officer located a vehicle similar to the one described as the stolen vehicle at an address in the 600 block of S. Maple, which was an address that was associated with one of the subjects. Additional units responded to that scene to contain the situation and attempt to locate the subjects. While responding to that area, officers developed additional information that the subjects might also be at another address in the 200 block of S. Chestnut Street. Another group of officers responded to that scene to contain the situation at that location. Officers arriving observed activity outside of the Chestnut Street residence and also observed another vehicle that closely matched the description of the stolen vehicle from Taylor County.

Officers were able to take two male juveniles into custody near the residence in the 200 block of S. Chestnut Street, and recovered two firearms believed to be associated with the incident. In addition, the stolen vehicle was also recovered there. No officers were injured in this incident and it does not appear that there is any additional danger to the public at this time. Because the violations occurred in Taylor, Clark, and Marathon counties, those jurisdictions will be requesting any charges for the juvenile males, not the Green Bay Police Department. Because this matter is still under investigation, no additional information will be released at this time.

If you have any information regarding this, or any other incident, please contact the Green Bay Police department at 448-3200. If you prefer, you can remain anonymous by contacting CrimeStoppers at (920) 432-STOP, on the web by clicking on the link below, or by texting GBTIP plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).


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