NEW INFORMATION: Fugitive jailed after gunshots fired; deputies placed on leave

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DUNN COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) A Barron county man, wanted by law enforcement is caught after he and deputies exchange gunfire.

Thirty-two-year-old Jared Brendel had been running from police for more than a week, and officers believed they spotted him Monday with a gun, making the search more urgent.

Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith said things could have ended much worse, and he credits the end result of the shooting; just minor injuries from broken glass, to officer cooperation and training.

“(Brendel) Armed with a long gun they thought, that just makes you think that he picked it up a notch, and he was going to not go in peacefully,” Smith said.

Smith said during a 10-mile chase, a deputy used the pursuit intervention technique to stop him near Ridgeland, but Brendel didn't go quietly.

“He took shots at the officer, and the deputies exited their vehicle and returned fire, and at some point, shots stopped and they could see his hands were empty and so they approached the vehicle and took him into custody,” Smith said.

“It's really a wonder that he wasn't hit, there's bracing on the door, the glass is down, so the glass and the metal stops bullets, so he's lucky, we're lucky and we're happy nobody was hurt.”

Smith credits the safe ending to officer preparation and collaboration.

“We've worked with Barron County a lot. They've got really sharp young officers and even the older ones are pretty sharp too.” “You've heard about muscle memory; if you don't train, you don't have that. And you train train train, you do things the right way and the best.”

“We used to not have any training in it, and people basically did it how they thought it should be done and they were going to chase them til the bitter end, and now the training is such that I think it was a very safe operation.”

The sheriff said he expects Brendel to be in court this week. By policy, the deputies involved were placed on administrative leave.


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 1360 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 (sic) 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.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff
BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- Investigators have arrested the subject of a manhunt that continued Monday night after a high-speed chase last month.

Investigators say they caught Jared Brendel on Tuesday afternoon south of Ridgeland.

Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith says two Barron County deputies fired at least six shots that hit a stolen car being driven by Brendel. Sheriff Smith says Brendel fired at least one shot, which hit one of the Barron County squad cars.

He adds both the squad car and the stolen car went in the ditch after deputies performed a pit maneuver to stop Brendel. They then took him into custody.

Brendel was taken to the Dunn County jail where he is awaiting formal charges.

Brendel was the subject of a manhunt near Dallas Monday night. Deputies had responded to his home and he drove off in a truck. It was later found in a field. They spent Monday night looking for him near Dallas.

Sheriff Smith says no one was injured during the manhunt and no one was in the area as deputies took Brendel into custody.

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