Brighton Police Department Responds to Assault: Man Allegedly Attacks Officer with Hatchet and Sledgehammer

The Brighton Police Department reported a startling altercation last Tuesday.

Brighton Police Department Responds to Dangerous Assault Involving Hatchet and Sledgehammer

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In what began as a response to a burglary, an officer from the Brighton Police Department faced a dangerous assault involving a hatchet and a sledgehammer. The incident took place on North 7th Avenue and raised alarms about the safety of officers on duty. Upon arriving at the 300 block of North 7th Avenue around 5:17 p.m., members of the Brighton Police Department were alerted to a burglary in progress. An unknown man, later identified by residents as Matthew Lucero, 34, was seen entering a nearby yard. Officers from the Brighton Police Department quickly traced Lucero to a shed at the 400 block of the same avenue. Lucero, after staying in the shed for nearly an hour, made a surprising appearance armed with a hatchet and a sledgehammer. The Brighton Police Department stated that Lucero, in an alarming move, climbed atop a fence and launched the hatchet towards an officer, striking him on the forearm. The situation escalated when he then allegedly threw the sledgehammer at the same Brighton Police Department officer.

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The quick reflexes of the officer, who managed to dodge the sledgehammer, saved him from potential severe injuries. The Brighton Police Department officers on the scene promptly retaliated, using non-lethal force by shooting Lucero with a bean bag. Following this, Lucero took refuge in the shed once more. However, after several intense minutes, he emerged and was immediately taken into custody by the Brighton Police Department. Lucero now faces a series of serious charges, including first-degree attempted murder and assault on a peace officer. As the Brighton Police Department delves deeper into the incident, they urge anyone with more information to reach out and assist in the ongoing investigation. The Brighton Police Department commitment to maintaining the peace and safety of the community remains unwavering. While the officer involved in the altercation is reported to be in stable condition, the department emphasizes the need for continued public support and cooperation.

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