DODGE COUNTY — A 17-year-old boy, facing a number of charges following a shooting that occurred at the Fleet Farm store on N. Spring Drive in Beaver Dam on July 15th was in court for his preliminary hearing Thursday, September 10th.
Jared Spencer waived his preliminary hearing and an arraignment date was set for October 15th.
Spencer faces the following charges in this case:
- First degree intentional homicide
- First degree reckless injury
- Aggravated battery – intentionally causing great bodily harm
- First degree recklessly endangering safety (two counts)
- Intentionally pointing a firearm at a person (two counts)
- Retail theft (intentionally taking less than $500)
Beaver Dam police responded to a call of a shooting at the Fleet Farm store located on N. Spring Drive in Beaver Dam on Wednesday, July 15th.
Upon arrival, officers determined a 31-year-old man, who is an assistant manager at the Fleet Farm, had been shot one time in the wrist and shoulder area. The shooting occurred in the parking lot. The assistant manager was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Upon further investigation, it was determined the assistant manager was assisting a loss prevention employee with the attempted detention of a suspect for shoplifting ammunition from the store. Police say the suspect entered a vehicle and shot one time with a handgun, striking the assistant manager. This was witnessed by both the loss prevention employee and an off duty law enforcement officer.
The suspect fled the scene at a high rate of speed and proceeded south on U.S. Highway 151.
At approximately 5:45 p.m., a suspect was located and taken into custody by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Columbus Police Department. A handgun was recovered in the vehicle.
Further investigation revealed this individual, later identified as 17-year-old Jared Spencer of Fitchburg, was responsible for the shooting.
A second suspect was identified as an accomplice in this incident. That individual, an 18-year-old Verona man, was taken into custody at Fleet Farm a short time after the incident. He was taken to the Dodge County Detention Facility and charges of party to the crime of recklessly endangering safety and party to the crime of retail theft were requested through the Dodge County Attorney’s Office.