Sept. trial scheduled for suspect in shootout near Ridgeland

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  — A Barron County judge has scheduled a September trial in Dunn County Circuit Court for a 33-year-old Dallas man involved in a shootout with law enforcement officers near Ridgeland last June.

Judge Michael Bitney scheduled a three-day trial September 2 through September 4 in Dunn County for Jared Brendel during a court hearing April 1.

Brendel is accused of leading Barron County deputies on a high-speed chase June 3, 2014, that ended up in a shootout with deputies from both Barron and Dunn County near the intersection of 1370th Avenue and 530th Street, a little more than halfway between state Highway 64 and Ridgeland.

All together, Brendel is charged with 12 felonies and one misdemeanor, including three felony counts of first-degree attempted murder, three felony counts of intentionally pointing a firearm at a law enforcement officer, two felony counts of bail jumping, a felon possessing a firearm, one felony count of driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent, one felony count of fleeing officers, one felony count of recklessly endangering safety and one misdemeanor count of the theft of movable property worth less than $2,500.

Bail in the Brendel case was set at $250,000 cash on June 19, 2014.

Barron County deputies were looking for Brendel in connection with a high-speed chase that had occurred in May of 2014. The day prior to the shootout with deputies in June, Brendel was seen outside of a home south of Dallas with a gun. Deputies began looking for Brendel and considered him to be armed and dangerous.

According to a news release from Barron County, on June 3, 2014, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a report about a man walking in a field near the area where deputies had searched for Brendel the day before. Deputies from Barron County, troopers from the Wisconsin State Patrol, and K-9 officers from the Rice Lake Police Department responded to the area.

Officers located a vehicle without license plates, and when a Barron County deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver took off, leading officers on a ten-mile chase that ended in Dunn County.