Fugitive stabs Colorado officer in face several times, leaving cop with permanent nerve damage and more

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WHEAT RIDGE, CO — When police officers in Colorado were responding to a report about a suspicious vehicle, one of them was stabbed in the face repeatedly by a male suspect.

The Wheat Ridge Police Department (WRPD) said the officer who was stabbed a little after 1 a.m. last Wednesday was released from the hospital, but the arrest affidavit indicated that he likely suffered permanent nerve damage, according to a report by 9News.

9News reported:

“WRPD arrested a suspect after Officer Allan Fischer was stabbed in the 11000 block of West 44th Avenue.

“Fischer left the hospital Thursday afternoon, according to WRPD.

“About 1 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle that caused damage to a fence at the Prospect RV Park in Wheat Ridge, according to WRPD Public Information Officer Sara Spaulding.

“WRPD said the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Andre Jones, was driving a U-Haul truck that was reported stolen.

“According to the arrest affidavit, Jones refused to identify himself or get out of the U-Haul. While attempting to escort him out of the vehicle, the affidavit says Jones resisted and attempted to pull away. 

“While resisting, Jones got his arm free and began striking Fischer in the face, according to the affidavit.”

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The other officer, Corporal Kevin Lui, drew his gun, which caused Jones to drop his knife to the ground.

However, Jones continued resisting until he was eventually taken into custody, the affidavit noted.

Denver 7 reported that other officers arrived on the scene and helped to provide medical care to Fischer before paramedics arrived and transported him to a hospital.

Sara Spaulding, the public information officer and communications manager for the City of Wheat Ridge and the Wheat Ridge Police Department, told Denver 7 that one of the stab wounds resulted in “major blood loss at the scene” and if other officers hadn’t stepped in, there was a high likelihood the officer would have died.

Spaulding said:

“Our officers train for worst case scenario. They come to scenes with a plan if things were to go sideways so they’re as prepared as they can be, but sometimes terrible things happen and in this case we’re just very thankful that this officer was transported quickly and treated quickly at the hospital.”

Spaulding also confirmed that in the last five years, she had no recollection of a severe injury like this to a police officer.

According to 9News’ report, Jones has an extensive criminal history that includes violent crimes and weapons offenses.

FOX 31 reported:

“Jones is wanted on a nonextraditable warrant out of Michigan for probation violation on an assault charge, the document said. His criminal past includes violent crimes and weapons charges.

“The court document said Jones is mentally ill and was not taking his medication. He’s being held at the Jefferson County jail on charges of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault.”

The injured officer is a 20-year veteran of the department. Fischer was reported as being in good spirits while recovering at the hospital with his family after undergoing surgery.

9News reported:

“Fischer was stabbed in the face, neck and chest areas, which caused heavy bleeding, the affidavit says.

“The preliminary determination is Fischer would likely have permanent nerve damage to his facial muscles caused by his injuries, according to the arrest affidavit.

“‘Family is with him and they have asked for privacy. The outpouring of concern and support means a great to him and to WRPD,’ police said. ‘Please continue to send him your best wishes for a full recovery.’”

In February, we reported about another police officer who was stabbed in the head and back in the state of Washington. Here is that report.

CHEHALIS, WA – A suspect wanted for child rape was fatally shot by Centralia police officers after the man stabbed a police officer in the head and back, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO).

Authorities said that about 10:15 a.m. Friday, detectives from the Sheriff’s Department were trying to arrest a 32-year-old man for second-degree rape of a child. When they found the suspect on NE Adams Avenue, the suspect reportedly appeared to reach for a weapon.

One of the deputies shot at the suspect, who then fled on foot.

The Chehalis Police Department, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington State Patrol responded to assist, including a K9 unit which eventually located the suspect on Alfred Street in Chehalis around 12:15 p.m.

As officers from the Centralia Police Department tried to arrest the suspect, the man stabbed a police officer in the head and back, according to LCSO. Officials say the officer who was stabbed was taken to an area hospital for surgery and is in stable condition.

Other officers on scene shot the suspect. Despite life-saving efforts by officers, the suspect died at the scene. the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department tweeted Friday:

“Deputy Involved Shooting in Chehalis. Both Detectives are okay. When trying to apprehend the suspect, a Centralia Officer was stabbed, and another shooting occurred.

“The suspect is deceased. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating both shootings.”

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is the primary investigating agency for the independent investigation. Anyone with information on the incident should contact the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 748-9286.

 

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