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Video: Citizens Help Denver Officer After Beating

September 09, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Citizens Help Denver Officer After Beating, Gun Grab

Two citizens helped rescue a Denver Police Department officer from a horrific beating Saturday, according to court documents, reports Colorado's 9 News.

Officer Aubree Thompson is recovering after being beaten, Commander Matt Murray confirmed to 9NEWS Monday.

An arrest affidavit for the suspect says Officer Thompson was responding to reports that a homeless man, 26-year-old Stephen K. Hamper, was washing clothing in a drain on the highway and in traffic when she was assaulted.

According to the document, when Officer Thompson attempted to handcuff Hamper, he punched her several times in the face. The document says Hamper attempted to grab Thompson's firearm while striking her in the face. That's when two citizens stopped to help Thompson regain control of Hamper.

According to court documents, Hamper was arrested, and reportedly stated "If I would have gotten her gun, I would have killed her."

Hamper is facing charges for attempted first-degree murder. Assaulting a peace officer is an additional charge.

Thompson is a 10-year veteran patrol officer for District 3. Her injuries are still being evaluated but she was released from the hospital.


Comments (9)

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Rick @ 9/9/2014 3:20 PM

If she had shot the guy, would people have rioted like they did in Ferguson?

Hank G. @ 9/9/2014 5:09 PM

Maybe not but you can bet there would be a huge cry about him being unarmed!

Rick Y @ 9/9/2014 9:13 PM

And about him being homeless and I bet there are Mental Health issues which will be brought up.

eodk9trainer @ 9/10/2014 3:07 AM

Many kudos to the civilians for stepping and helping.

Jelly @ 9/10/2014 3:27 AM

Thank you Citizens for your assistance.

Jesse @ 9/10/2014 3:46 AM

Rick the answer is no, hes the wrong color, so Al Sharpton can't makes money off his situation.

Richard Hightower @ 9/10/2014 7:35 AM

The so called "homeless" people can be and often ar EXTREMELY dangerous. Most have mental problems that are compounded by substance abuse of one source or another. These are people that in decades past would have been institutionalized and been receiving proper care and medical help. Instead, due to the inadequacies and mismanagement of Federal government, these people are instead almost litterally, dumped on the streets and LEO must contend with the inevitable issues resulting from this situation. -- Thankfully there are still more good / supportive citizens out there that will step in when needed. Kudos to them. They should be recognized publically for their responsible response to a bad situation.

Charlie @ 9/10/2014 8:42 AM

Officer Thompson, you did a hell of a job hanging in there even after being punched in the face. You were injured but released from the hospital after being beaten like that, you are obviously no pushover. Big thanks to the citizens who stopped to help!! We never know what we are going to face, even if we have handled the same call a million times, they truly are NEVER the same outcome. Everyone be safe out there!

TheRookie @ 9/10/2014 3:41 PM

Good posts here & on other page of news story. Guy was at I-25 @ Downing South Bound. Right near my old home. Officer Thompson did a good job of survival & thanks for the citizens. Weird thing is it's a some what isolated area but District 3 HQ's is only up the street at I-25 & University. Time to make an addendum.

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