Wheat Ridge, CO – A Wheat Ridge police officer was stabbed in the face multiple times in the early hours of Wednesday morning while responding to a report about a suspicious vehicle.
Wheat Ridge Police Department (WRPD) Public Information Officer Sara Spaulding told reporters at the scene that the incident began at about 1 a.m. on April 13, KUSA reported.
Officer Spaulding said two officers responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle that had allegedly caused damage to a fence inside the Prospect RV Park in the 11,000-block of West 44th Avenue.
She said the officers found a U-Haul that had been reported stolen at the scene, KUSA reported.
Police said it was being driven by 29-year-old Andre Jones.
Officer Spaulding said that when the officers confronted Jones, the suspect stabbed Wheat Ridge Police Officer Allan Fischer multiple times, KUSA reported.
Police said that when the second officer, Wheat Ridge Police Corporal Kevin Lui, saw the knife in Jones’ hand, he drew his service weapon and was able to get the suspect to drop the knife, KDVR reported.
She said Cpl. Lui arrested Jones and called for police backup and an ambulance, the Denver Post reported.
Two more officers arrived on the scene and jumped in to perform First Aid on their fallen brother until paramedics arrived and took over, KMGH reported.
Officials said those officers were able to keep the wounded hero alive until the Arvada Fire Protection District arrived on the scene to help, KCNC reported.
“I think one of the things that strikes me about the police department is they’re very much a family, so they care for each other. They look after each other. They’re well trained,” Officer Spaulding said.
“Part of that training includes carrying tourniquets with them,” she continued. “At other scenes, they’ve responded to individuals who are seriously injured while they wait for Fire/EMS to show up to provide more qualified medical care. But they’re still able to provide that lifesaving kind of support, which they did in this case. They took care of our officer and I believe saved his life.”
The wounded officer was transported to the hospital and immediately taken into surgery, KUSA reported.
Court documents showed that Officer Fischer had undergone surgery for his stab wounds and doctors said he would likely suffer permanent facial nerve damage, KDVR reported.
The suspect’s U-Haul was towed from the scene by police, KMGH reported.
“We believe only one suspect was involved and therefore there is no additional threat to the public” WRPD tweeted. “The officer’s family is at the hospital and the support of our community is greatly appreciated.”
Court documents showed that Jones was wanted on a non-extraditable warrant in Michigan for a probation violation on an assault charge when he attacked Officer Fischer, KDVR reported.
Jones has a lengthy criminal history that included violent crimes and weapons charges.
Court documents showed Jones is mentally ill and had not been taking his medication, KDVR reported.
He has been charged with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault and was being held at the Jefferson County jail.
Officer Spaulding said the incident remained under investigation, the Denver Post reported.