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Barron County (WQOW) - UPDATE: The subject of a manhunt is now in custody, after allegedly firing shots at pursuing deputies.

Authorities were looking for Jared Brendel since Monday night. He's wanted in connection with a high speed chase near Dallas last month.

On Monday, the sheriff's department says Brendel was seen outside a home south of Dallas with a gun. Deputies went looking for him, but he took off in a truck which was later found stuck in a field. SWAT teams joined deputies in the search. A state patrol plane was even used but authorities were unable to locate Brendel.

Then Tuesday around noon, deputies located Brendel in a stolen vehicle and a chase took place.  Authorities say after stop sticks failed to work, a deputy drove alongside Brendel's car and used a pit maneuver to cause Brendel's car to spin out.  Brendel's car eventually ended up in the ditch, and authorities say that's when he got out and started firing shots at the deputy's vehicle. Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith says it appears a bullet hit the front of the deputy's vehicle.

Deputies were eventually able to arrest him after exchanging fire. Our reporter on scene says there are at least six bullet holes in the vehicle Brendel was reportedly driving. No one was hit or seriously injured during the incident.

The area where the chase ended, near the intersection of 1370th Ave. and 530th St. in Ridgeland, is blocked off while crews continue their investigation.

We'll continue to update this developing story as we learn more information.

**This is not the first time WQOW News 18 has reported on Jared Brendel. In November of 1999, Brendel and his twin brother John were sentenced for beating and shooting a labrador retriever and her puppies in Barron County. The two were ordered to pay $4,500 and participate in a year of counseling.

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Barron County (News Release) -
On June 3, 2014, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a male walking in a field near the area where the search for Jared Brendel had occurred the day before. Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol and K-9 Officers from Rice Lake Police Department and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area.

During the search of the area, a vehicle without license plates was located. When a Barron County Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the vehicle failed to stop. A chase ensued into Dunn County with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol Airplane and during the approximate 10 mile chase.

During the chase, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department was advised that this vehicle was just stolen from a residence in Dallas and the suspect was Jared Brendel.

On 1360th Avenue in Dunn County, a Barron County Sheriff’s squad pitted the vehicle and as it went into the ditch, the driver, later identified as Jared Brendel, fired multiple shots at Barron County Deputies. Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department retuned fire toward Brendel.

Neither deputies nor Brendel were struck during the exchange of gun fire. A Barron County Squad car and the stolen vehicle were struck several times. A Barron County Sheriff’s Deputy sustained minor injuries from glass fragments from the gun fire.

The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office is handling the shooting investigation and the Wisconsin State Patrol is handling the crash.

Brendel is being held in the Dunn County Jail on charges of a Felony Probation Hold and other charges are expected.

Three deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department are on paid administrative leave per our policy and a shooting review panel will be conducted.

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Barron County (WQOW) - There's a manhunt in Barron County for someone the sheriff calls armed and dangerous.

Law enforcement officers are looking for Jared Brendel. He's wanted in connection with a high speed chase near Dallas last month.

Monday, the sheriff's department says Brendel was seen outside a home south of Dallas with a gun. Deputies went looking for him, but he took off in a truck which was later found stuck in a field. Swat teams joined deputies in the search a state patrol plane was even used but no sign of Brendel.

The sheriff says the search is frustrating. He also says the terrain is swampy, but said they will catch him.

You're urged to call 911 if you see him or know where he is. As soon as more information becomes available, we'll post it here.

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Barron County (Press Release) The Barron County Sheriff's Dept received a call at 5:21pm that Jared Brendel, who is wanted by the Barron County Sheriff's Dept, was outside a residence south of Dallas and had a firearm with him.

Deputies responded to the area and Brendel had fled the area in a truck, which was located stuck in a field a short distance away. A search was conducted of the area with the help of the RLPD K-9, the Dunn Co Sheriff's Dept, the Turtle Lake Police, the Washburn Co Swat Team, the Wisconsin State Patrol including the state patrol aircraft and the Barron County Emergency response team.

At this time he cannot be located and he is to be considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone sees or knows the whereabouts of Brendel please call 911.

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Near Dallas (WQOW) - The Barron County sheriff says law enforcement officers are searching for an armed suspect in a wooded area near Dallas.

There's no word yet on why they're looking for the man, but Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says two SWAT teams are helping search the area, along with a plane from the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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