Hayden man receives prison sentence for slitting police officer’s wrist
July 5, 2017
A Hayden man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for slitting a police officer's wrist.
Michael Coleman, of Hayden, was 34 when he was arrested Christmas Day.
Hayden police responded at 7:40 p.m. to a home on East Lincoln Avenue for a report of a man who had possibly swallowed razor blades.
After contacting Coleman, officer Sean Hockaday grabbed Coleman's left arm because he noticed Coleman was holding a black object, according to an arrest affidavit.
Hockaday then put his arm around Coleman's waist to try and detain him, and Coleman said "oh, this is how it's going to be."
A scuffle ensued, and the men went to the ground.
Hockaday began to feel light-headed, his left hand was really warm, and his patrol glove was saturated with blood. Worried he was going to pass out, Hockaday radioed for help.
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Coleman was then put in handcuffs.
Hockaday looked down at his wrist and saw a gash with a stream of blood falling onto the snow.
Hockaday later learned he had been cut by a "self-defense flashlight with metal spikes," according to the affidavit.
On March 27, Coleman pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on a peace officer, a class four felony. He was sentenced June 29.
Because of a conflict, the case was prosecuted by the Eighth Judicial District, which encompasses Jackson and Larimer counties.