Sparta Shooting Victim In Court Today At 1:00

A man who aimed a rifle at a Sparta Police Officer last month will make his first court appearance today at 1pm. 19 year old Jacob Olsen of Sparta was booked into the Monroe County Jail Friday after he was released from Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse. Olson was recovering from gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen.


He was shot by Officer Booker Ferguson, who had responded to a 911 hang up call. After several attempts to get Olsen to the put the rifle down the night of January 19th, Booker fired at the teen. Booker had been on administrative leave since the shooting, as standard procedure, but came off of the leave last week.


Olsen will face a bond hearing today on charges of 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety and pointing a firearm at a law officer. He could face additional charges if D.A. Dan Cary sees fit. Cary is waiting for a Department of Justice investigation of the shooting. He will then decide what charges would be filed.

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