La Crosse officer injured in attack, suspect tased and pepper-sprayed

A La Crosse Police officer was injured by a suspect in a sudden attack.

It happened Tuesday just before 2:00 p.m.

La Crosse Police received a report of a car that had hit a building and a person physically attacking people near the 400 block of Cameron Street.

As Officer Mark Rosenmeier arrived, the suspect suddenly charged at him as he was still in his squad car.

Police say the man jumped on the hood of the squad and pounded his head into the windshield, and then began punching the windshield with his fists.

Officer Rosenmeier got out of his squad car and used his Taser on the suspect as he came at him with clenched fists.

The man continued to charge at the officer and attacked him. Officer Rosenmeier then used pepper spray on the man.

Additional officers arrived and the suspect was taken into custody.

Officer Rosenmeier and the suspect were both taken to the hospital to be evaluated for injuries.

Officer Rosenmeier was treated for minor injuries, was released from the hospital and has since returned to duty.

The suspect is identified as Jacob Olsen, 22, of Sparta.

Olsen appeared in La Crosse Co. Court Thursday afternoon.

A judge set a $10,000 cash bond.

He faces the following charges: Battery to a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Battery, Criminal Damage to Property, Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Offense Operating While Intoxicated, and a Probation Violation.

This isn’t Olsen’s first run-in with police.

In January 2012, Olsen was shot twice by Sgt. Booker Ferguson of the Sparta Police Department after pointing a rifle at police and ignoring commands to drop it.

Olsen was shot in the chest and abdomen.

Sgt. Ferguson was eventually cleared in the shooting.

Olsen was sentenced in April of 2012 to 30 days in jail and 3 years probation.