Wis. Fugitive Police Officer had Ties to Burnett County
Posted at: 09/09/2013 6:14 PM
| Updated at: 09/09/2013 6:30 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
The Wisconsin police officer who was the target of a nearly state-wide chase last month is facing charges in three counties after being arrested in Burnett County August 6.
Bradley Young, a 22-year veteran of the Waupun Police Department, was headed to his uncle's cabin to take his own life, according to the criminal complaint.
The chase that started in Green Lake County, went across the state through Barron County and ended in Burnett County.
"His uncle does have a cabin and he visited that cabin and the nearby cabin is the one that he's charged with burglarizing," said Burnett County District Attorney Bill Norine.
According to the criminal complaint, Young told investigators after "committing various crimes throughout the state he headed to his uncle Thomas Young's cabin in Burnett County to take his own life."
When he discovered his uncle had no firearms, the complaint says Young then broke into a nearby home.
Young told investigators he took one rifle and one round of ammunition "with the sole purpose of killing himself."
But a call from home changed his mind. According to the complaint, Young said he had the "gun in his mouth with the safety off when he took a call from his mother" and spoke with his kids. At that point he decided not to kill himself, called 911, and turned himself in.
Young also faces charges in Green Lake and Barron counties. He appears next in Burnett County court this Wednesday.