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 Barron County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a potential homicide that happened on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 20, in rural Chetek. Pictured above, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, right, and chief deputy Jason Leu, center, arrive at the residence on Monday morning, Sept. 21, to continue the investigation and search the property.

Many details are still not publicly known about an alleged homicide that happened in rural Chetek on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 20. How one man allegedly killed another and why he did it have not yet been revealed by investigators.

But what we do know is the victim is Garrett Macone, 24, of Chetek; the alleged killer is Andrew Brunette, 25, of Rice Lake; and that the two men knew each other. We also know that Macone knew Brunette’s wife and Brunette apparently had troubled relations with each of them.

According to county marriage records, Brunette married a woman (who we are not identifying at this time) in late 2015. A domestic disorderly conduct charge was filed against Brunette in late 2018 with conditions he have no abusive contact with the woman. A year later, the charge was dismissed by prosecutors. As of Monday, Sept. 21, Brunette and the woman were separated, according to his Facebook profile.

According to dispatch logs from August, Brunette’s wife and Macone knew each other and worked together in Rice Lake.

On Aug. 21, three people filed harassment restraining orders against Macone. Dispatch logs showed Brunette was one of the individuals filing the restraining order. On Sept. 3, all three harassment orders were dismissed by the court and an unnamed petitioner.

By late evening of Sept. 20, Brunette was in custody on suspicion of killing Macone.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, in a press release distributed on Monday, Sept. 21, identified the alleged killer and victim.

Fitzgerald said Macone’s mother found blood in the house and Macone not breathing and called 911 just before 1 p.m. on Sunday. Dispatch logs said the she reported he was face down on the patio, he had no pulse and he had a large cut on his head.

Sheriff’s deputies and a Department of Natural Resources warden responded, finding Macone deceased. Sheriff’s department detectives and a State Patrol reconstruction team also arrived to start an investigation.

Fitzgerald said several interviews were conducted and by 11:04 p.m. on Sunday, Brunette was in custody. He is being held in the Barron County Jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree intentional homicide.

Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright said formal charges against Brunette are expected to be filed on Thursday, Sept. 24. The case remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.

On Monday morning, Fitzgerald and investigators returned to the residence at 1138 27th St. to check on a dog in the garage and apparently search for more evidence. On the property, there was a brown house surrounded by police tape, a large garage/shop and a couple small outbuildings.

Using metal detectors, investigators were searching the yard and woods to the northwest of the residence.

On Monday afternoon, Fitzgerald said the crime took place inside the house, which was where Macone resided.

Asked about the cause of death, weapon used and suspected motive, Fitzgerald said that information would be released later.

“[ ... ] We have recovered everything we need for the case and cannot comment on the other questions until the criminal complaint [has] come out later this week,” Fitzgerald wrote.

Correction: The sheriff's department listed Macone's age as 23. He was 24.

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