Barron County suspect named in police officer deaths

JM McBride

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has named the man accused of shooting two police officers to death in Barron County.

His name is Glenn Douglas Perry, and he was wanted on a warrant out of a divorce case at the time of the shooting, according to DOJ and online court records. Perry is now deceased. He had a previous domestic violence history, court records show. The deceased officers were named in the DOJ news release as Chetek Police Officer Emily Breidenbach, 32, and Cameron Police Officer Hunter Scheel, 23.

"The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating an officer involved critical incident in the village of Cameron, Wis. that occurred on the afternoon of Saturday, April 8, 2023," DOJ wrote in the April 10, 2023, news release.

At approximately 3:38 p.m., Chetek Police Officer Emily Breidenbach, age 32, "with approximately 5 years of law enforcement service, along with Cameron Police Officer Hunter Scheel, age 23, with approximately one year of law enforcement service, conducted a traffic stop in the Village of Cameron," the release says.

"The officers were conducting the traffic stop based on a warrant and to check welfare of the driver, Glenn Douglas Perry, age 50, following notification of concerning behavior. During the traffic stop, gunfire was exchanged," the release says.

"Chetek Police Officer Breidenbach and Cameron Police Officer Scheel were pronounced deceased at the scene. Perry was taken to a hospital where he later died," it says.

The release explained that Officer Breidenbach "started her law enforcement career with Stoughton Police Department in Dane County. She served there for about 9 months before she joined Chetek Police Department, where she had served for approximately 4 years."

"Officer Scheel, age 23, graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy in December of 2022. He had been with Cameron Police Department for approximately one year," the release says.
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Breidenbach is the daughter of a former police chief. Both officers were remembered in tributes as community focused.

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