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Man gets 10 days in jail for firing handgun at stolen vehicle

posted Aug. 11, 2017 9:45 p.m. | updated Aug. 11, 2017 11:36 p.m. (CDT)
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by / Pamela Powers. bio | email

MENOMONIE — A 22-year-old Boyceville man accused of firing a handgun at the people fleeing in his stolen pickup truck on Feb. 22 in the town of Sheridan was sentenced to 10 days in jail and two years of probation Friday.

Robert J. Fawcett, 832 Horseshoe Drive, pleaded no contest to a charge of recklessly endangering safety and negligent handling of a firearm, as part of a plea agreement. He also pleaded no contest to an unrelated charge of receiving stolen property in June 2016.

Judge James Peterson found Fawcett guilty and deferred prosecution on the recklessly endangering safety charge. Fawcett must pay $896 in court costs and restitution of $797. The firearm he had was forfeited to the state.

According to the criminal complaint:

Fawcett owned a pickup truck that Cody A. Metzger, 31, of Knapp took on Feb. 20 from Boyceville.

Metzger has been charged with taking and driving a vehicle without owner’s consent and two counts of bail jumping. He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 28.

According to the criminal complaint against Fawcett:

On Feb. 22 the Dunn County sheriff’s office received a report of the stolen truck being operated in the town of Sheridan and that Metzger was driving it along with a passenger. He had been trying to store the truck in the caller’s garage.

When the officer arrived at Highway 25 and 390th Street, Fawcett reported Metzger had fled the vehicle on foot and was only wearing boxer shorts.

Metzger was found a short time later by a canine unit hiding in the hay to stay warm.

Metzger admitted to taking the truck on Feb. 20. The next day he repainted part of it, removed all the stickers from it and fixed some stereo wiring.

He claimed he was going to return the truck on Feb. 22 to Fawcett when Fawcett and another man started chasing him. Metzger said he feared for his life.

He fled the scene after the truck stopped working.

Fawcett told authorities he had a handgun and emptied it shooting toward the truck’s tires to try and stop Metzger and to get his truck back.

Contact: 715-556-9018, pamela.powers@ecpc.com, @MenomonieBureau on Twitter