FOX CROSSING, Wis. - A 17-year-old from Fox Crossing is facing felony charges after allegedly attacking a police officer.
Fox Crossing officers were called to the 1100 block of Bartlein Court for a disturbance around 6 p.m. Tuesday. The first responding officer met with the teen resident.
The teen had injuries to his hand and told the officer it was from punching a door, officers said. He said he doesn't get along with a friend of his mother that lives at the residence as well, officers said.
According to a release, officers said the teen had been arguing with a woman over dogs. The woman locked herself in her bathroom, but the teen punched his way through the door.
Police said once he was inside the room, the teen attacked the woman and began strangling her.
As the officer was talking with the teen, he said the teen became more agitated and began to raise his voice and use profanity.
The officer told the teen numerous times to lower his voice and stop cursing, but the teen continued to swear, police said. The officer told him he was going to be placed under arrest for disorderly conduct.
The officer attempted to take the teen into custody, but the teen began punching the officer in the head, police said.
The officer was able to get the teen on the ground and continued to struggle with him. The officer activated his emergency button on his radio to call for assistance. Several neighbors were outside during the struggle and ran over to help the officer in handcuffing the teen, according to police.
“It speaks volumes of our community and our residents, that they see something like this happen, they see our guys struggling in some sort of fight and then they jump without hesitation, and give our guys a hand,” said Officer Jason Weber with the Fox Crossing Police Department.
The officer is a 14 year veteran of the department. He suffered numerous facial injuries and was treated at Thedacare Regional Medical Center-Neenah.
He was released Tuesday night.
The teen was also treated for injuries to his hand from punching the wall and striking the officer. He was taken to Winnebago County Jail on recommended charges of battery to a law enforcement officer, strangulation, battery, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.