Brian Penney

Suspect appears in court after police respond to Forest Street shooting

Brian Penny Wausau
Brian R Penny

A suspect appeared in court Thursday afternoon afternoon after police responded to a report of a Forest Street shooting Wednesday.

Police say they received a report of Penny firing a gun in the 700 Block of Forest Street around 8:41 am Wednesday. The caller told officers that a man, 43-year-old Brian R. Penny was in their house, drunk, and had been firing a handgun.

Officers were able to talk to Penney over the phone. Police arrested him when he exited the Forest Street residence without incident.

Penny according to court records is facing charges of second degree recklessly endangering safety; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; endangering safety through the reckless use of a firearm; intentionally point a firearm at a person; operating a firearm while intoxicated; and disorderly conduct. Many of those charges come with domestic abuse modifiers.

Penny is currently being held in Marathon County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 27.

Penny pleaded guilty to 2017 charges of possession of meth. A judge found Penny guilty in a 2015 case of battery and strangulation, with domestic abuse modifiers.

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