Man arrested for threatening cops
Police say a man threatened to blow up the jail and kill officers.
Nathaniel R. Hoffman, 30, Waupaca, is charged with two counts of threatening an officer and one count of resisting an officer.
At approximately 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, Waupaca Police Officer Nathan Nelson went to Hoffman’s residence on the 600 block of Mill Street in response to a report of smoke coming out of a house.
After firefighters cleared the building, Nelson saw Hoffman walking toward his house. He appeared to have been drinking.
Nelson knew Hoffman was on probation and told him he was prohibited from consuming alcohol.
Hoffman denied drinking, so Nelson told him he needed to submit to a preliminary breath test (PBT).
Sgt. Mario Graceffa arrived and escorted Hoffman to his squad car for the PBT.
According to the criminal complaint, Hoffman became agitated and began yelling and swearing at the officers. He reportedly pulled away and ran toward his house.
Nelson ran after Hoffman and escorted him to the ground. The officers tried to handcuff Hoffman, but he was lying on his stomach and held his arms under his body.
Graceffa discharged his electric stun gun into Hoffman’s back.
After the officers handcuffed Hoffman, they struggled to control him.
Eventually, two more officers arrived and helped Nelson and Graceffa place him in leg shackles.
“While restraining Hoffman on the ground he made numerous threats to get his guys from Chicago to come here and kill me,” Nelson reported.
Nelson, who transported Hoffman to the county jail, said Hoffman continued threatening him.
Six corrections officers met Hoffman and Nelson at the jail’s sally port. They secured him into a restraint chair.
Hoffman reportedly threatened to blow up the jail.
Hoffman remains in custody on a probation hold. Judge Philip Kirk has set a $2,000 cash bond as a condition of his release.