Cop says protester pointed loaded rifle at him, had over 100 rounds of ammo — and one bullet in chamber

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A Wisconsin police officer said a 23-year-old protester pointed a loaded rifle at him — and bit and kicked him — during a Waupaca protest earlier this month, WBAY-TV reported.

The station said Matthew Lee Banta was charged with:

  • 2nd degree recklessly endangering, use of a dangerous weapon (point a loaded firearm at an officer)
  • battery to a law enforcement officer, use of a dangerous weapon (biting an officer)
  • battery to a law enforcement officer (kicking an officer)
  • resisting an officer, use of a dangerous weapon
  • disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon

A criminal complaint also said a bullet was in the rifle’s chamber, WBAY noted, adding that police found 117 rounds of ammunition on Banta, as well as an eight-inch straight blade knife in a sheath on his belt.

A Waupaca police officer responded to the Waupaca Library parking lot to speak with a group of protesters who had gathered there Aug. 1, the station said, adding that the group was planning to march in the streets. – READ MORE 

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