Officer Attacked Near Downtown Square
By Brandi Makuski
A Plover man is facing charges after allegedly ramming his shoulder into an officer’s stomach.
Christopher Furgason, 25, reportedly approached a Stevens Point police officer Sunday morning at 2:34 AM near the intersection of Third and Main streets.
According to the police report, Furgason was initially looking for a ride home. When the officer gave Furgason the number of the local cab company, Furgason swore at the officer, then suddenly charged at him, driving his right shoulder into the officer’s chest.
Assistant Chief Tom Zenner said Furgason then backed away from the officer, but clenched his fists in a “pre-attack posture”. By then, Zenner said, two more officers had arrived to assist in arresting Furgason, which he resisted.
“They put him in the back of the squad and took him to the jail, where he apparently continued to resist,” Zenner said.
Zenner said the officer involved is still feeling pain in his chest and shoulder, but does not appear to be seriously injured. The incident occurred in an area not captured by the downtown security cameras, he said.
Furgason is facing charges of battery to law enforcement, resisting or obstructing and disorderly conduct.
Zenner said the warm temps over the weekend brought out large crowds to the downtown area, and police responded to several altercations over the weekend.
“I guess Furgason wanted a ride home — that’s not the way to do it,” Zenner said. “He got a ride to a hotel, just not the ride of his choosing.”
Furgason is being held on a $1,000 cash bond. He is scheduled for an initial appearance March 14.