Hollywood, FL – A Hollywood police officer was chased into the police station and attacked late last week by a convicted felon who tried to take his duty weapon, according to police.
The violent encounter began outside the Hollywood Police Department (HPD) headquarters at 3250 Hollywood Boulevard on July 2, when 43-year-old Shawn Brennen allegedly approached one of the officers and started threatening him, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
The exact details of the threats were not released.
The officer tried to deescalate the situation by backing away from Brennen and making his way into the HPD, but the suspect began following him into the lobby of the building, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
He then allegedly proceeded to chase the officer down and attempted to commandeer the officer’s holstered duty weapon, according to WPLG.
The officer fought back during the violent attack and was soon joined by multiple fellow officers.
Brennen was ultimately subdued and taken into custody, WPLG reported.
He has been charged with offenses of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, armed robbery, battery on a law enforcement officer, armed burglary, and attempted premeditated murder.
According to the National Fraternal Order of Police (NFOP), ambush attacks on law enforcement officers throughout the U.S. shot up 91 percent as of June 30 when compared to the same timeframe in 2020, FOX News reported.
The NFOP said 60 officers were wounded – 12 fatally – in 48 ambush attacks in all of 2020.
“Another 158 officers were shot in 121 separate incidents where an offender acted without warning in a premeditated and calculated manner, taking an officer by surprise,” the NFOP said in its 2020 Year-End Summary report. “33 officers died in these types of situation[s].”
As of June 30, 51 law enforcement officers have been shot in 40 ambush attacks so far this year, FOX News reported.
Thirteen of them died from their wounds, according to the NFOP.