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Extensive pursuit of armed suspect in neighboring Dodge County | by Sheriff Dale Schmidt

January 31, 2021 – Dodge County, WI – This is a joint press release by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and the Juneau Police Department.  At about 8:12 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2021, the Juneau Police Department initiated a pursuit of a 2002 Chevrolet Envoy traveling westbound on County W.  That pursuit was joined by Dodge County Sheriff’s Office deputies.  The fleeing vehicle left the roadway shortly after leaving the City of Juneau and struck a squad car when re-entering the highway.  The vehicle fled to the City of Beaver Dam on Highway W and while law enforcement attempted to stop the vehicle in the City of Beaver Dam, it crashed into a Juneau Police squad car and a Dodge County Sheriff’s Office squad car causing disabling damage to both.  The vehicle fled again eastbound on County W and ran off the roadway on County W just west of Crystal Lake Rd.

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The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, Juneau Police Department, and Beaver Dam Police Department set up a perimeter around the car as it was learned that the subject was armed with a firearm.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was deployed with our Armored Vehicle and the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office Armored Vehicle was also requested and responded.  Negotiations took place with the driver of the Envoy for nearly 8 hours in hopes of a peaceful resolution.  Beaver Dam paramedics were also called to standby as well.

At 4:05 a.m., after extensive negotiations, an extraction plan was executed safely, the suspect was taken into custody, and no one was injured.  The suspect, a 25-year-old man from Oshkosh, was subsequently taken to the hospital as a precaution and will be transported to the Dodge County Detention Facility where he will be facing multiple charges stemming from this incident.

This case remains under investigation by the Juneau Police Department and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.

Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt and Juneau Police Chief David Beal would like to thank all who assisted in ensuring this incident came to a peaceful resolution.  This was a great example of outstanding teamwork by all involved and we thank the public for their patience while we worked hard to resolve the situation.

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