Pedestrian Hit by Menomonie Squad Car, Officer Driving Both Identified

Pedestrian Hit by Menomonie Squad Car, Officer Driving Both Identified Photo: KSTP/File

October 18, 2017 07:38 PM

The pedestrian hit by a Menomonie Police Department squad car early Sunday, and the the officer behind the wheel, have now been identified.

A release from the Dunn County Sheriff's Department said the pedestrian injured was 20-year-old Brett Schulte of rural Ellsworth, Wisconsin. The officer was Sgt. Jason Barneson, 38, an 18-year department veteran.


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In a written statement Sunday, Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith said the incident occurred on Wilson Street, just west of 2nd Street West.

"A Menomonie Police Department squad was headed west on Wilson Avenue when the officer observed a person lying in the road, and the officer swerved but was not able to completely avoid striking the person," Smith said.

The release Wednesday states squad video verifies the officer's account of the incident.

It also alleges Schulte had been drinking prior to the event. It was homecoming weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.



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