Felony charges have been filed against a Rice Lake man who was arrested recently following a reported firearm incident in the city of Rice Lake, WI.

David Bartels has been charged with Class F Felony 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety and Misdemeanor Operate Firearm While Intoxicated in Barron County Circuit Court. 

These charges stem from an incident which occurred on February 4, 2018. According to a media release from the Rice Lake Police Department, a call was received just before 5a from a female who stated that her husband had discharged a firearm at the floor inside their residence. She advised that she and the children in the residence were secured in a separate room.

Responding law enforcement were able to safely evacuate the caller and the children from the residence just shortly after 5a. The Barron County Emergency Response Team provided assistance and Bartels was taken into custody around 7:30a.

Online circuit court records show that Bartel appeared for a bail bond hearing on February 5, 2018, at which time the Court placed Bartels on a $500 cash bail bond which was later posted. Conditions of Bartels’ bail bond prohibit him from possessing any firearms other than for employment purposes or possessing or consuming any alcohol.

Bartels is scheduled to appear next in Barron County Circuit Court for a preliminary examination hearing in March. 

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.

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On Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 4:52 AM, officers were dispatched to a residence on the south end of the city where a female caller advised her husband had discharged a firearm at the floor inside the residence during an altercation. The caller advised she had secured herself and children in a separate room.

Responding officers and deputies were able to safely remove the children and caller from the residence at 5:07 am. With the assistance of the Barron County Emergency Response Team, officers were able to take the male subject, identified as David Bartels, 37, of Rice Lake into custody at 7:29 am without further incident.

Bartels was transported to the Barron County Jail pending formal charges by the Barron County District Attorney's Office.

Per Rice Lake Police Captain Hom and Chief Roux

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