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Armed fugitive captured Monday in northwest Wisconsin

UPDATE:  Dunn and Barron County Sheriff's deputies, and Wisconsin State Patrol troopers apprehended Jared Brendel late Monday near Ridgeland after a ten mile long chase from the Dallas area and exchanging gunshots with officers.  He is expected to make an initial court appearance on the new charges yet this week.


DALLAS, WI (WTAQ) - An armed fugitive who's been the subject of a manhunt in northwest Wisconsin was identified Tuesday as 32-year-old Jared Brendel of Barron.  

He's wanted for fleeing police, and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.  

Barron County sheriff's officials said they tried stopping Brendel last Friday night near Dallas -- and he led officers on a chase for about 15 minutes before the vehicle crashed in a ditch. He fled on foot, and officers could not find him.  

Monday evening, deputies were told that Brendel was seen with a gun outside a house near Dallas. A truck he was driving was later found stuck in a field.  

SWAT teams and a State Patrol aircraft then joined area sheriff's officers on a manhunt in what officials called rough, swampy terrain. Brendel was still at large at last word. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)