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Man shot by Sparta officer in court


SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The man shot by a Sparta Police officer in January makes his first appearance in a Monroe County courtroom.  

19-year-old Jacob Olsen appeared via video feed from the Monroe County Jail.

Last month, Olsen was shot when he confronted an officer outside his home armed with a rifle.  The officer was responding to a 911 call.

When officers ordered Wilson to drop the, he refused, then turned the rifle in the direction of Officer Booker Ferguson.

Ferguson fired twice striking Olsen in the elbow and stomach.

Medical records indicate Olsen was intoxicated at the time. 

The judge in the case gave Olsen a $2,500 cash bond.

Olsen will be back in court next Monday.  He's faces charges of disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment according to prosecutors, though other charges are possible. 


SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A Sparta man shot by police has been released from the hospital.

According to the La Crosse Tribune, 19-year old Jacob Olsen is being held in the Monroe County Jail, and will make his first court appearance today. Police say Olsen pointed a rifle at Sparta Police Sgt. Booker Ferguson outside a Sparta home back in January. Sgt. Ferguson shot Olsen in the chest and abdomen, after Olsen refused orders to drop his gun.

Doctors released Olsen on Friday (2/17). He faces charges of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, and intentionally pointing a firearm at a law enforcement officer. Additional charges also are possible. The shooting remains under investigation by the State Department of Justice.

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