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Officer not happy with plea deal in Sparta shooting

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SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A plea deal for a Sparta man charged with pointing a rifle at a police officer isn't sitting well with that officer.

The incident happened the night of January 19, 2012 at a Sparta home after officers responded to a 911 hang up call.  When they arrived, a man came out of a home carrying a rifle.  According to the criminal complaint, after refusing to drop the weapon, 20-year-old Jacob Olsen pointed the rifle toward Sparta Police Sergeant Booker Ferguson.

Ferguson shot Olsen twice in the chest from a distance of about five feet the complaint says.

In Monroe County Circuit Court Wednesday, Olsen pleaded no contest to intentionally pointing a firearm at law enforcement along with two misdemeanors.

Sergeant Ferguson told the judge he is not satisfied with the plea deal. The judge will review the case and then will determine the sentence.

Sergeant Ferguson said, "I just think this plea agreement should be null and void and they should start over. Certainly he could re file the same plea agreement, but I think that there's been behavior that's been questionable here. And, as a victim, I guess, its troubling to me to see that."

Olsen is scheduled to be sentenced in April.

 

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