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Barron County sheriff's officials cleared in shootout with suspect

BARRON COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Two Barron County sheriff's officials have been cleared of wrongdoing, after they exchanged gunfire with a suspect.

The sheriff's department said Wednesday that Captain Ron Baures and Sergeant Tim Prytz were both justified in using deadly force. An internal shooting review panel made the findings.

The officers were involved in a shootout with 32-year-old Jared Brendel of Barron at the end of a ten mile chase on June 3rd. The chase extended from Barron County into neighboring Dunn County -- where a squad car forced Brendel's vehicle into a ditch.

Officials said the driver shot at the deputies, and the deputies returned fire. No one was struck.

Deputy Jeff Wolfe, whose squad car was hit with bullets, was also cleared, and was allowed to return to work.

Brendel had been wanted on several charges filed against him previously. He has a plea hearing scheduled June 23rd on seven counts that include eluding an officer, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and driving while his license was revoked.

Online court records did not list any new charges connected with this month's chase.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)