Barron County man charged with attempted homicide in Dunn County
No charges will be filed against Barron County sheriff's deputies who exchanged gunshots with a fleeing suspect -- but the suspect faces 16 new charges for that incident. The deputies said they were trying to stop 32-year-old Jared Brendel of Dallas Wisconsin on several previous charges, when he led them on a 10-mile chase into neighboring Dunn County on June third. There, a squad car forced Brendel's vehicle into a ditch -- and officials said he fired shots at Barron County captain Ron Baures and sergeant Tim Prytz, and at a squad car driven by deputy Jeff Wolfe. The officers shot back. Nobody was struck or hurt. Yesterday, Dunn County District Attorney Andrew Maki said the deputies were justified in using force to protect themselves and others. Brendel is due in court July 15th on 13 new Dunn County criminal charges that include attempted homicide, pointing a gun at officers, reckless endangerment, and vehicle theft. Brendel was also given three traffic citations that include driving under a suspended license. The six charges on which he was originally wanted included eluding an officer and driving with a revoked license. He was supposed to have a plea hearing in that case yesterday in Barron County, but that got pushed back to September eighth.