Jail time ordered for Eau Claire man accused of shooting friend in leg after night of drinking

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Eau Claire (WQOW) — An Eau Claire man will spend two months in jail after allegedly shooting his friend in the leg after a night of drinking.

Anthony Bedard, 35, was sentenced Thursday in Eau Claire County court as part of a plea deal.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Eau Claire at 4:26 a.m. on April 20, 2019 because a patient had a gunshot wound. The victim told police he and Bedard were drinking alcohol in a bar parking lot when Bedard pulled out a handgun and shot the victim in the right thigh.

Bedard tried to let the victim take care of the wound himself but they eventually went to the hospital.

When speaking with police, Bedard said he was very intoxicated and he only drove his friend to the hospital because it was an emergency.

Bedard told police he did not have a gun and did not shoot the victim.

Police say they found ammo, a used shell and two guns in Bedard’s truck, but not the gun used in the shooting.

Surveillance video showed Bedard parked his truck in front of the ER entrance and took off running with the gun used in the shooting. About 90 seconds later he returned to the hospital without the gun. Police eventually found the gun buried by Randall Street, which is just down the road from the hospital.

Bedard continued to deny the shooting even though the victim told both police and nursing staff Bedard did it.

Police said Bedard had an empty gun holster sticking out under his shirt. He told officers he carried that because he was in the process of getting a conceal carry permit.

Bedard told police he had four pints of beer and one or two shots of liquor in each one. He said his last drink was at 2:30 a.m. His blood alcohol content was .098.

On Thursday, Bedard pleaded no contest to 3rd offense operating while intoxicated, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct with a gun. A count of 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety was dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Eau Claire County Judge Sarah Harless sentenced Bedard to 60 days in jail with Huber. He was given credit for three days already served. Bedard will also have his license revoked for 24 months.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer and an Evening Anchor.

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