On Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 8:00 a.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a male passed out behind the wheel of a car on 25th St at 9 3⁄4 Ave north of Chetek.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Chetek Ambulance Service and First Responders responded to the scene.

When deputies arrived, they located a male subject deceased in the vehicle and he appeared to have been placed on the floor on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Sheriff’s Department Detectives were called to the scene and two subjects were questioned reference this suspicious death. This is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.

The deceased was Mark E Johnson, 56 of Chetek.

At this time, the death is being ruled suspicious and we are awaiting autopsy results.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff


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