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On Friday, January 5th, 2024, shortly before 10:00 am, deputies from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to an address in the Town of Elk Mound for a report of a male subject who had approached a residence and removed the doorbell security camera. The male then walked around the side of the residence and entered the home through a sliding patio door. The homeowner was home at the time and confronted the male subject. The male then left the residence in his vehicle, prior to law enforcement arrival.


While searching the area for the suspect, the dispatch center received another call indicating the suspect vehicle was observed in the Village of Elk Mound. Deputies responded and made contact with the suspect. He was taken into custody with the assistance of the Elk Mound Police department, and transported to the Dunn County jail.


The name of the suspect is not being released at this time as the incident remains under investigation by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office.

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WHEATON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating an officer involved critical incident in Chippewa County, Wis. that occurred on the morning of Friday, December 1, 2023.

At approximately 1:23 a.m., a Dunn County Sheriff’s deputy began a pursuit in Dunn County of a vehicle. The pursuit continued into Chippewa County and entered the Township of Wheaton, Wis. The pursued vehicle exited Hwy 29 on to 90th Street and continued on 90th Street where it encountered a dead-end, turned around and crashed into a Wisconsin State Patrol cruiser that was providing assistance. The driver of the pursued vehicle is deceased, and the passenger of the vehicle was significantly injured and taken to a local hospital.

The Wisconsin State Patrol trooper who was in the cruiser was taken to the hospital for evaluation and later released.

The Wisconsin State Patrol and Dunn County Sheriff’s Office both utilize squad and body-worn cameras.

DCI is leading the investigation of the officer involved critical incident with assistance from Wisconsin State Patrol Technical Reconstruction Unit, DCI’s Digital Evidence Unit, and a DCI Crime Response Specialist. All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.

DCI is continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Chippewa County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is currently available.

Please direct media inquiries to Wisconsin DOJ.


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The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office will join law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin and the nation for the annual the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. From Friday, August 18 through Labor Day, officers will work together to get impaired drivers off the roads and keep everyone safe.


“We anticipate more people will be out for final summer trips in the coming weeks and we want to make sure every traveler can get to their destination safely. The harm that can come from impaired driving is 100% preventable if everyone plans ahead,” Captain Travis Mayer said.


Someone is injured or killed in an impaired driving crash every two hours in Wisconsin. Last year in Wisconsin, there were 6,230 alcohol-related crashes, including 155 deaths. Alcohol contributed to more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities.


Drug-impaired drivers are also putting people in danger on the roads. A driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is compromised by drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medications. Last year, there were 1,821 drug-related crashes that caused 64 deaths.


Wisconsin law enforcement officers have special training to combat impaired driving:


· 6,958 police officers trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement to help detect and remove impaired drivers from the roads


· 392 highly trained Drug Recognition Experts - among the most in the nation


· 25 multi-jurisdictional high-visibility enforcement task forces operating throughout the year, across the state


The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office is committed to protecting all road users from the dangers of impaired driving. We hope drivers will make smart decisions and choose not to drink and drive, but we will be there to stop risky driving behaviors to make sure everyone can have a safe Labor Day holiday,” Captain Travis Mayer said.


Everyone should plan ahead for safe travel:

· If you plan to celebrate, identify a sober designated driver, or find a safe alternative way home. Never allow someone who is impaired to get behind the wheel.


· Protect yourself and your passengers every time you travel. Buckle up, phone down. Watch your speed and eliminate distractions.


· If you suspect a driver is impaired, call 911. Provide as much detail as possible on the driver, vehicle, and location.

· Some bars and restaurants have programs to provide patrons a safe ride home. Use the safe ride program, public transportation, or a rideshare service in your area.


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