BARRON COUNTY - Authorities in Barron County responded to a call Friday night regarding a man who was "causing problems." After refusing to give up, gas was eventually deployed at the residence to force the suspect out of the house where he was subsequently placed under arrest, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Office.

Press Release

On Friday, March 19, 2021, at 8:24 p.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a female subject stating that her husband was intoxicated and causing problems at a residence near Reeve. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. While en route to the scene the female called back and advised that the male had threatened her with a firearm and made threats to shoot law enforcement and she was fleeing from the residence.

The Clear Lake Police Department and Polk Co Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene along with the Barron/Rusk Emergency Response Team.

Contact was attempted with the suspect in the house and no response. The suspect eventually came to the door but refused multiple times to surrender to law enforcement.

The suspect called 911 and stated he had knives in the house, tossed his guns outside, and refused to give up. Gas was deployed into the house and the subject exited the residence and was taken into custody.

Brett Evenson, 45 of 43 Barron Polk St., is being held in the Barron County Jail on charges of Endangering the Safety of Others While Intoxicated, Negligent Handling of a Weapon, Failure to Comply with Officers and Domestic Disorderly. He is awaiting formal charges by the District Attorney’s office later this week.

- Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff


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