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Unresponsive man pulls knife on EMTs, deputy

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A Hixton man reportedly pulled a knife on EMTs and a deputy after he had difficulty breathing and was found unresponsive.

However, the man’s son — John C. Becktel, 21 — was charged in the April 4 incident after threatening EMTs and obstructing law enforcement, according to the criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Circuit Court last week.

The Hixton First Responders were called to a Charcoal Road residence about 3 a.m. in regard to a male having difficulty breathing. EMTs stated they found Carl Hansen, 42, in a stairway and unresponsive, and when he became responsive, he seemed disoriented and began yelling at them, according to the complaint.

During this time, Becktel, of Black River Falls, reportedly told the EMTs he would hit them if they didn’t help his father, who subsequently pulled a knife with a six-inch blade and held it near one of the EMTs. The EMTs left the residence, but Becktel reportedly blocked their van in an attempt to keep them from leaving the property, according to the complaint.

Deputies arrived soon thereafter and found Hansen at a table with his head down, according to the complaint. When a deputy shook his shoulder, Hansen again produced the knife.

Becktel was able to obtain the knife from Hansen, but Becktel reportedly yelled at deputies during the incident and would not heed warnings to desist, and he was arrested for obstructing.

Hansen was escorted from the house in handcuffs to receive medical attention.

Becktel faces charges of disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and resisting an officer. He was released on a $2,500 signature bond and had an initial court appearance on Monday.

Hansen has not been charged in this case.


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