Sheriff K9 Apprehends Fleeing Vehicle Theft Suspect - Town of Sheridan
On February 21st, 2017, The Dunn County Sherriff’s Office took a report of a stolen truck from the Village of Boyceville. Over the next several days information was received regarding sightings or possible locations of the stolen vehicle in Dunn and Barron Counties.
On February 22nd, 2017 at 7:21 p.m information was received from an individual that Cody Metzger along with a female passenger wished to hide the truck at the reporter’s residence. Deputies responded to this area. At 7:29 p.m. hours a Dunn County Deputy advised he was out with the stolen vehicle and two other vehicles at Hwy 64 and 390th Street in the Township of Sheridan. The deputy advised the operator of the stolen vehicle had fled on foot and requested K-9 assistance. Deputy Spenle and K-9 Chief initiated a track and at 9:18 p.m. hours Cody A. Metzger M/W 30 years of age was found hiding at a farm on Cty TK F in a pile of round bales and taken into custody without incident. Metzger was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent as well as held on a Probation Hold. Metzger’s female passenger Paige M Rainey F/W 22 years of age was taken into custody at the stolen vehicle’s location for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent- Passenger and a Probation Hold.
As a result of this follow up investigation, it was discovered that two male subjects, one being the owner of the stolen vehicle, had observed and pursued the stolen vehicle prior to law enforcements arrival. During this pursuit they had both fired several rounds from handguns from their moving vehicle at the stolen vehicle. They had then boxed in and struck the stolen vehicle prior to law enforcement arrival. These subjects were identified as Robert J. Fawcett M/W 22 years of age, the owner of the stolen vehicle, and passenger David W. Becker M/W 27 years of age. On February 23rd, 2017, both were taken into custody and initially charged with 1st-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.