A Rice Lake man who shot another man in the abdomen July 20 in an altercation over a drug deal has been convicted.
Brennon P. Foster, 22, 507 E. Bracklin St., Rice Lake, pleaded no contest Tuesday in Rusk County Court to two counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety.
Judge Steven Anderson ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Foster will be sentenced April 30. He was originally charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, which carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.
According to the criminal complaint:
Foster met with John L. Davidson, 23, of Barron on July 20 along Highway W to complete a drug deal. At some point Foster shot Davidson in the abdomen.
Davidson, who was convicted of possession of methamphetamine in Barron County in 2015 and served 18 months in prison, has been moved to the Barron County Jail, where an investigator spoke with him about the shooting.
“Davidson advised … while attempted to conduct a drug transaction with (Foster), Foster attempted to rip (Davidson) off and shot him in the process for no apparent reason,” the court document states. “Davidson admitted that he had previously conducted business with (Foster).”
The Barron County sheriff’s office learned about the shooting at 11:31 p.m., as a driver with Davidson met with a Rice Lake police officer at the intersection of Highway M and U.S. 8 in Barron County.
The officer saw Davidson in the passenger seat and could tell he had been shot, observing “a large amount of blood in Davidson’s abdomen area along with a small entry hole. Davidson stated multiple times he had been shot.”
The officer moved Davidson and found what appeared to be a bullet lodged underneath the skin of Davidson’s right buttocks.
Davidson was flown to a medical facility in Minnesota for treatment.
The driver of the car admitted he had been with Davidson to meet Foster to make a “methamphetamine drug transaction.” He said he heard a gunshot and observed Foster holding a silver-colored handgun. Davidson got back into his vehicle and said Foster had shot him.
Foster and another person got in their vehicle, so Davidson and his driver began to chase Foster’s car until he heard three more gunshots coming from the direction of Foster’s vehicle. At that time, the driver stopped pursuing Foster’s car, and instead went to get medical treatment for Davidson.
The driver took police to the scene where the shooting occurred.
Police also interviewed a woman who knows Foster, who said Foster admitted to her that he “may have shot someone” and that it “looks like I’m going to jail.”
Police obtained a search warrant for Foster’s home and located ammunition for different styles of guns.
After Foster had been arrested, he told investigators he shot Davidson in self-defense after an altercation occurred. He admitted to shooting the gun two more times while fleeing the scene, saying he was trying to shoot out the driver’s tires.
Police took Foster to the scene of the shooting, and Foster helped locate the firearm he disposed of in a ditch.