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NEW INFORMATION: Panel clears Barron Co. deputies in chase shootout

BARRON, Wis. (AP) -- A shooting review panel has cleared two Barron County sheriff's deputies who exchanged gunfire with a fleeing suspect.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that Capt. Ron Baures and Sgt. Tim Prytz were both justified in using deadly force.

Baures, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, and Prytz, a 28-year veteran, were involved in a shootout with a suspect at the end of a 10-mile chase on June 3.

A squad car forced the suspect's car into a ditch, and the driver shot at the deputies. The deputies returned fire, but no one was struck.

Deputy Jeff Wolfe, whose squad car was struck by bullets fired by the suspect, also was cleared to return to work.

The chase ended in Dunn County. The suspect remains in the Dunn County Jail.
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BARRON, Wis. (BARRON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT 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 of 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.


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