A struggle between a Chetek man and arresting officers on Dec. 28, 2019, resulted in a felony charge of battery to a law officer filed Thursday, Jan. 2, in Barron County Circuit Court.
The defendant is identified as 30-year-old Anthony J. Schaffner, of Chetek.
The complaint said a domestic quarrel was reported to Chetek police the evening of Dec. 28. A witness reported quarreling with the defendant, who was in a camper near a house when the officer arrived. The witness said the defendant injured his hands breaking a glass bowl during what the witness said had been a verbal confrontation.
Two officers went to the camper and the defendant came out. There was blood on his hands. The defendant said he’d fallen on ice and didn’t want medical attention. Officers smelled alcohol on the defendant, and were aware he was on probation and was not to consume alcohol.
The confrontation with officers escalated. The defendant allegedly cursed at the police and began walking away from them, refusing commands to stop. Officers tried to cuff the defendant, but he allegedly resisted and, during the struggle, allegedly struck one of the officers. The defendant was “escorted to the ground,” where the struggle continued until two officers managed to cuff him and take him into custody.
One of the officers was later treated at the Barron hospital emergency room for what was described as a left knee contusion.
Schaffner is scheduled to appear in court for an adjourned initial appearance on Wednesday, Jan. 8.