Sheriff: Fugitive officer in jail, manhunt ends

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

BURNETT COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- A massive manhunt for a cop turned fugitive has come to a close. Police on Tuesday arrested 43-year-old Bradley Young at a rural Burnett County home near Lake McKenzie.

It was a car he had stolen in Barron County that led police to the area.

"The Division of Criminal Investigation contacted us and said they had located the suspect vehicle, stolen vehicle from the Barron County high speed chase that had occurred the night before," said Ron Bauers, a captain with the Barron County Sheriff's Department.

Bauers says the car was found about a mile and a half away from the home he was at. Police then concentrated their search efforts, carefully checking each cabin for any sign of Young.

"During our systematic search we use multiple units, multiple snipers, they do some reconosence in different areas, there was multiple cabins that needed to be searched, we did not know his location, so we systematically located him eventually at the residence he did not own," Bauers added.

And it was that narrowed search that led to a big break. Young called 911, essentially turning himself in.

"He indicated to us basically we were in the area doing a systematic search and it would be inevitable for him to have been captured," Bauers said.

Bauers tells us Young did not know the people living at the house nor were they home at the time.

On Tuesday night Young was in the Burnett County Jail being interviewed by detectives. Meanwhile officers are re-cooping after what has not just been a physically demanding couple of days but mentally, too - trying to stay one step ahead of someone who knows how things work on the inside.

"We try to plan and prepare knowing in this situation he knows many of our tactics, he knows what we can and can't do, and so that was a big part of our game plan on how to outthink him," he said.

Bauers says he believes Young was also in contact with his family over the last couple days. He is facing potential burglary charges in Burnett County along with possible charges in Barron County of eluding an officer and theft of a motor vehicle, both of which are felonies.

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We have more details on a developing story on the arrest of a fugitive cop who was at the center of a major manhunt since early Monday morning.

Just after 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the Barron County Sheriff says 43-year-old Bradley Young, a Waupun police officer, called 911 as a SWAT team was surrounding him west of Spooner in Burnett County and give himself up.

Officers arrested him without incident west of Spooner in Burnett County. He was booked into the Burnett County Jail on theft charges.

The Waupun Police Department tells WEAU they are as shocked as his family that the lieutenant was on the run. He is now under investigation.

The manhunt has crossed the state of Wisconsin. Young got away from planes and SWAT teams in Green Lake County and Barron County before finding himself surrounded.

The Green Lake County Sheriff's Department says Young is wanted for burglarizing a restaurant in Green Lake at 1:00 a.m. yesterday morning, running from officers into a cornfield and stealing a truck there.

In Barron County he led officers on a high speed chase on Monday evening, ditching the truck on a dead end road west of Rice Lake where he took off on foot, escaping from SWAT teams and stealing another car.

The search picked up late Tuesday afternoon in Burnett County where SWAT teams from three counties were converging on South Lake Road near Danbury, where he called police giving himself up.

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Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald from Barron Co. says fugitive officer Bradley Young has been caught 10 miles west of Spooner and the manhunt is over.

After spending the day searching for the Waupun officer, Fitzgerald says the SWAT team surrounded him at a residence on Lost Lake Road. At 5:10 p.m., Young called 911, gave up and turned himself in without incident.

Young is wanted in connection with several other burglaries in Green Lake County and a high speed chase as well as a stolen vehicle in Barron County.

Burnett Co., Barron Co., Douglas Co. SWAT Team, Washburn Co. along with the DCI, WI DNR and Wisconsin State Patrol were on scene.

The Sheriff said Young is at the Burnett County jail for charges of burglary.

WEAU 13 News will have team coverage at 10 p.m. including new video from the scene of the arrest and interviews with officers who are giving us insight into how difficult it is to catch someone who's had 22 years of law enforcement training.

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BARRON, Wis. (BARRON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) - At 5:10pm Bradley Young wanted in connection with several burglaries in Green Lake CO and a high speed chase and stolen vehicle in Barron County was taken into custody in Burnett Co without incident with the help of the Washburn, Barron, Burnett and Douglas Co Swat teams along with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol, DCI and WI DNR. He is currently being held in Burnett Co jail on local charges of Burglary.

Per Chris Fitzgerald-Barron County Sheriff
Scott Burns-Burnett Co Chief Deputy

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Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald from Barron Co. says fugitive officer Bradley Young has been caught 10 miles west of Spooner and the manhunt is over.

After spending the day searching for the Waupun officer, Fitzgerald says the SWAT team surrounded him at a residence on Lost Lake Road. At 5:10 p.m., Young called 911, gave up and turned himself in without incident.

Young is wanted in connection with several other burglaries in Green Lake County and a high speed chase as well as a stolen vehicle in Barron County.

Burnett Co., Barron Co., Douglas Co. SWAT Team, Washburn Co. along with the DCI, WI DNR and Wisconsin State Patrol were on scene.

The Sheriff said Young is at the Burnett County jail for charges of burglary.

WEAU 13 News will have team coverage at 10 p.m. including new video from the scene of the arrest and interviews with officers who are giving us insight into how difficult it is to catch someone who's had 22 years of law enforcement training.

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BARRON, Wis. (BARRON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) - At 5:10pm Bradley Young wanted in connection with several burglaries in Green Lake CO and a high speed chase and stolen vehicle in Barron County was taken into custody in Burnett Co without incident with the help of the Washburn, Barron, Burnett and Douglas Co Swat teams along with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol, DCI and WI DNR. He is currently being held in Burnett Co jail on local charges of Burglary.

Per Chris Fitzgerald-Barron County Sheriff
Scott Burns-Burnett Co Chief Deputy


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