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Plover police chief stands behind officer in shooting of armed suspect

PLOVER, WI (WTAQ) - Plover's police chief said one of his officers acted appropriately when he shot and wounded a knife-wielding suspect during a traffic stop.

According to chief Dwayne Wierzba, patrolman Andrew Hopfensperger stopped 33-year-old Brett Lieberman of Manawa for driving erratically last Friday night.

After Lieberman stopped, he allegedly rushed out of his vehicle and went toward the officer with a knife.

Wierzba said Hopfensperger used what he called "appropriate forceto defend himself and stop the threat."

The chief's statement said Lieberman was hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds, although it has not been disclosed how many shots were fired. The suspect's condition has not been disclosed, either.

Hopfensperger is on administrative leave, while the state Justice Department and Portage County sheriff's deputies investigate.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)