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Wheat Ridge police officer released from hospital after stabbing

Police said a suspect, a 29-year-old man, is in custody. The officer likely suffered permanent nerve damage, the affidavit said.

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — The Wheat Ridge Police Department (WRPD) said the officer who was stabbed early Wednesday was being released from the hospital, but the arrest affidavit said he likely suffered permanent nerve damage.

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.

Video below: Officer Allan Fischer is released from the hospital.

While resisting, Jones got his arm free and began striking Fischer in the face, according to the affidavit. The other officer then drew her gun and Jones dropped a knife to the ground, but continued resisting until he was eventually taken into custody, the affidavit says.

Jones is wanted on a non-extraditable warrant out of Michigan for violating his probation stemming from an assault conviction, according to the affidavit.

He has an extensive criminal history including violent crimes and weapons offenses, and he also suffers from mental health issues and was not taking his medication, the affidavit says.

Credit: Wheat Ridge Police Department

Fischer, a 20-year veteran of the department, was in good spirits and recovering at the hospital with his family after undergoing surgery.

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."

Credit: Wheat Ridge Police Department

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