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Sparta Police officer cleared in shooting


SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A Sparta Police officer who shot an armed suspect was justified in his actions according to the Monroe County District Attorney.

DA Daniel Cary informed Sparta Police Chief Michael Kass last week that Sergeant Booker Ferguson had no alternative than to shoot Jacob Olsen during a call to Olsen's home in January.

Responding to a call at a home on Austin Street in Sparta, Ferguson found Olsen carrying a rifle outside the home.  Despite repeated calls to drop the weapon, Sgt. Ferguson shot Olsen when he pointed the rifle in the officer's direction. 

Having survived his wounds, Olsen now has several charges against him including 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety and for Intentionally Pointing a Firearm at a Law Enforcement Officer.

He'll be back in court April 9th. 

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