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Manawa man charged with attempted cop killing

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PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) – The man accused of attacking a Plover Police Department officer with a knife has been charged. Online court records show Brett Liberman, 33, of Manawa, is now charged with first degree attempted homicide in Portage County court.

Officials say an officer shot Liberman on Friday night on Highway 54 following a 911 call of an erratic driver.

Court records show Officer Andrew Hopfensperger fired his weapon “several times” after Liberman ran toward him and swung “the knife in a downward motion several times towards the left side of officer Hopfenserger's head, neck and shoulder areas.”

The officer tried to stop Liberman several times, according to court documents. Hopfensperger told investigators he thought Liberman was going to kill him with the knife, court records show.

Plover Police Chief Dwayne Wierzba has said the officer used “appropriate force” to defend himself and stop the “potentially lethal attack.”

A warrant has been issued as a formality for Liberman, because he's still in the hospital from his injuries, according to the Portage County District Attorney.

Hopfensperger, who joined the department in 2006, was not hurt in the attack and has been placed on administrative leave, a standard practice for these types of investigations, the chief said.

Liberman faces up to 60 years in prison. He does not have an attorney listed. No future court date has been set.

The state Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation.

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