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Police: Ex-Waupun cop planned to kill himself during crime spree

Fugitive Waupun Police Officer Brad Young
Fugitive Waupun Police Officer Brad Young

BURNETT COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Newly-filed charges show that Waupun police lieutenant Brad Young planned to kill himself during his recent crime spree.

On Tuesday, Burnett County prosecutors filed a felony count of burglary and a misdemeanor theft charge against the 43-year-old Young. That was after two other charges were filed in Barron County, and 7 in Green Lake County much closer to Young’s home in Brandon.

According to the new Burnett County complaint, Young went to a relative’s cabin soon after he crashed a stolen pick-up truck in Barron County and ran off.

Officials said Young planned to kill himself at the cabin, but he couldn’t find a gun – so went into an unoccupied cabin west of Spooner where he found a rifle. Prosecutors said he decided to surrender there after he got a phone call from his mother, and had talked to his children.

Young resigned from the Waupun police force on Tuesday, and the city’s Police and Fire Commission was scheduled to accept his resignation Thursday.

Most of the incidents occurred between August 4th and 6th.

Authorities said Young broke into grocery stores in Waupun, Berlin, and Markesan. He allegedly stole a pick-up truck in Green Lake County and crashed it in Barron County, where he’s accused of stealing another vehicle near Rice Lake.

The state Justice Department is investigating incidents for which charges have not been filed – including two grocery store break-ins sometime before the crime spree. 

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