BURNETT COUNTY — A man has been arrested and now faces multiple felony charges for allegedly discharging a firearm and endangering the safety of another person.
Brian L. Bearheart, age 26, of Webster, WI, was arrested on November 25, 2019 following an investigation into a report that Bearheart had discharged a firearm multiple times outside a residence on Billy Boy Lane in Burnett County, WI.
On November 24, 2019 around 9p, an officer was sent to Billy Boy Lane after Burnett County Sheriff’s Dispatch received calls about a male shooting a firearm from a vehicle. Tribal Police Officers located Bearheart in the vehicle as described by the calls to Dispatch, however he fled from and traveled northbound on County Road X, according to the criminal complaint filed against Bearheart.
Law enforcement made contact with witnesses who stated that Bearheart had fired shots from a gun multiple times outside a residence on Billy Boy Lane prior to the arrival of law enforcement. The witnesses stated that they were fearful to remain at the residence. Officers located at least one spent shell casing on the ground around the residence along with other intact bullets and one bullet that appeared to have malfunctioned.
Additional law enforcement engaged in pursuit of Bearheart’s vehicle, which was travelling at speeds up to 100 miles per hour, however at that time, Bearheart eluded the Officers.
Bearheart was located at a residence on November 25, 2019 on Norman Landing Road and placed under arrest.
Charges filed against Bearheart include Class G Felony - Possession of a Firearm by a Felon; Class F Felony 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety; Class G Felony Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety; Class I Felony Fleeing an Officer; Class I Felony Failure to Comply With Officer Attempt to Take Person Into Custody; Misdemeanor Resist Officer - Failure to Stop Vehicle; and Misdemeanor Discharge Firearm Within 100 Yards of Building. These charges were all filed with a Repeat Offender penalty enhancer attached.
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At a hearing on December 2, 2019, Bearheart was placed on a $5,000 signature bail bond. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance regarding his charges on December 18, 2019.
The Department of Corrections website shows that Bearheart was released in September 2019 from incarceration in the Wisconsin State Prison system to serve a period of extended supervision.
Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.