UPDATE: Police say man who was shot by an officer tried to attack the officer with a knifeSubmitted: 08/11/2014
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UPDATE:  Police say man who was shot by an officer tried to attack the officer with a knife
PLOVER - Update: 8/11 9:20pm CDT

Plover police are defending an officer who shot and wounded a man during a traffic stop, saying the man was trying to attack the officer with a knife.

A Stevens Point Journal Media report (http://spjour.nl/XdKW5c ) says Officer Andrew Hopfensperger shot 33-year-old Brett Lieberman on Friday evening.

Police initially declined to discuss the shooting in detail or say who fired at whom. On Monday, police Chief Dwayne Wierzba still declined to say where Lieberman is hospitalized, what condition he's in or whether he might face charges.

Wierzba said Monday he believes the officer used appropriate force.

He says Lieberman ran toward the officer's car waving a knife during the traffic stop. Wierzba says the attack was unprovoked, and Hopfensperger fired to stop a potentially lethal attack.


Original story: 8/9 4:02pm CDT

A 33-year-old man will need to recover from gunshot wounds after getting in a fight with police near Plover last night.

The Portage County Sheriff's Department got reports of an erratic driver on west bound State Highway 54 Friday near Plover. An officer from the Plover Police Department pulled him over a little before 7 p.m. between Maple and Locust Drive.

The driver and the officer got into an altercation. 33-year-old Brett Liebermann was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

The officer involved was not injured.

The Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation was requested to lead the investigation. The Portage County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and Wisconsin Crime Laboratory are also helping with the investigation.

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