UPDATE: Plover Police Chief Dwayne Wierzba has identified the perpetrator as 33-year-old Brett A. Lieberman from Manawa, Wisconsin. The Plover police officer involved pulled him over for driving erratically. The Chief says the officer is on administrative leave at this time, which is standard procedure in a situation like this. Wierzba did not confirm which officer was involved in a Saturday morning press release.
PLOVER, Wis. (WSAU) -- A highway is closed in Plover as investigators look into an officer-involved shooting incident.
Police Chief Dwayne Wierzba could not provide details of the ongoing investigation, but witnesses say a man pulled over by a Plover police officer attacked the officer with a knife, and the officer shot the attacker.
The witness that saw most of the incident was a young boy named "Stuart", who was in his family’s home a short distance from the incident. “Well, I saw that the guy got shot when he was trying to attack and run away from the police.” He added, "I was like cleaning up my room and wanted to watch some TV, I guess, and suddenly I heard some shots, and then I looked out the window and I saw a person get shot.”
Stuart thought he heard four or five shots. Brent Gillilard was in his apartment on Maple Drive, and thought he heard three shots through his open window. “I was in my apartment with my window open and I heard three consecutive bangs, and screaming, so my first impression was fireworks. It turns out it wasn’t fireworks. I went down the street. There was police posted all along, and an ambulance. A helicopter came in and airlifted somebody out.”
Chief Wierzba confirms that the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigations Crime Scene Unit is now leading the investigation.
The perpetrator’s older model GMC truck with a topper was stopped along the gravel in the northbound lane of Highway 54, almost across from Adam’s Towing. Blood was visible on the pavement. Highway 54 is taped off as a crime scene, and remains closed from the Plover Road stoplights south to Maple Drive.
No names have been released, and the medical condition of the perpetrator is not available. Chief Wierzba says all officers at the scene are uninjured, but could not comment specifically on the officer involved in the incident.
Another witness told WSAU the officer was Andy Hopfensperger, who is also involved as the COPS Officer with area schools. Chief Wierzba would not confirm or deny that.