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Man allegedly threatened to shoot Baraboo cop

May 26, 2018 GMT

A Baraboo man accused of threatening to shoot an officer has been charged with a felony.

Eric P. Blackwood Jr., 35, was charged with threatening a law enforcement officer, obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct last week. The felony charge is punishable by up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The latter charges are misdemeanors.

Around 3:16 a.m. May 17, Baraboo police were dispatched to the Village Square apartment complex near the city’s outdoor pool. They observed Blackwood, who they recognized from previous contacts, screaming outside. An officer later attempted to speak with Blackwood at his front door, which he allegedly tried to shut on her foot.

Neighbors who called police with noise complaints joined officers in trying to calm Blackwood. They reported he gets out of control when intoxicated, and has been the source of several recent disturbances.

Blackwood initially refused to leave his home, but after speaking with officers through a second-story window and being informed he would be arrested for disorderly conduct, Blackwood stepped outside.

A few hours later at the Sauk County jail, Blackwood allegedly said he wanted to “shoot that cop.” Officers surmised he referred to the officer Blackwood had met at his front door.

Blackwood is set for a pretrial conference June 8. According to online court records, his past convictions include disorderly conduct, theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, trespassing and vandalism.