- Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

PLOVER, Wis. (AP) - Plover police on Monday defended an officer who shot and wounded a man during a traffic stop, saying the man rushed at the officer with a knife in what could have been a lethal attack.

Police initially declined to discuss Friday’s shooting in detail or say who fired at whom. On Monday, police Chief Dwayne Wierzba still declined to say where Lieberman was hospitalized, what condition he was in and whether police were recommending charges, Stevens Point Journal Media reported (https://spjour.nl/XdKW5c ).

But the police department did release some details about the shooting, in which Officer Andrew Hopfensperger shot 33-year-old Brett Lieberman of Manawa.

Hopfensperger pulled Lieberman’s car over for erratic driving on Highway 54 near Plover, Wierzba said in a news release.

Lieberman pulled to a stop, jumped out of his car and rushed at Hopfensperger waving a knife, the release said. The officer shot him “to stop the potentially lethal attack,” the statement said.

Wierzba said his officer “used appropriate force to defend himself and stop the threat.” It wasn’t clear how many times Hopfensperger fired. However, the statement said Lieberman was hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds.

Hopfensperger has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and Portage County sheriff’s office.


Information from: Stevens Point Journal Media, https://www.stevenspointjournal.com

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