January court appearance set for Sparta man accused of trying to steal police officer’s gun

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SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) — A court appearance for a 25-year-old Sparta man charged with seven felonies and eight misdemeanors in an incident in which he allegedly tried to steal a police officer’s gun was set Monday for 9 a.m. Jan. 10.

Anthony Cox 2Anthony Cox didn’t appear at his initial hearing Monday in Monroe County Circuit Court, but his attorney represented him via zoom.

Cox, who was serving a sentence in the Monroe County Jail in mid-October for carrying a concealed knife and resisting an officer, refused to cooperate with a medical examination, according to the criminal complaint. He yelled and swore at the doctor, tried to push officers and spit in a police officer’s face, the complaint says.

Cox also grabbed at an officer’s service weapon, threatening to shoot the officer during the confrontation.

“You think I’m playing? I’ll shoot you,” Cox said, according to the criminal complaint.

One officer received minor injuries and another was treated and released from a hospital.

He is charged with attempted disarming a peace officer; two counts of battery or threat to a judge, prosecutor or law enforcement officer; two counts of attempted battery or threat to a law enforcement officer; two counts of discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker, and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.

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