Threatened people, K9 stabbed in chaotic standoff in downtown Colorado historic district

A man was arrested Monday evening in Old Town Square in Fort Collins, after threatening several people with a knife and assaulting a police K9.

Fort Collins Police Department officers were alerted to the situation around 8 p.m. by a 911 call made by a witness, according to a press release.

Upon arrival, officers from the Fort Collins Police Department located Michael Bishop, 29, who refused to drop his knife and began threatening them as well.

Police then deployed the use of a non-lethal SAGE launcher, which shoots 40mm hard foam batons at a target.

Bishop then barricaded himself in an emergency evacuation staircase in the area, in which case the Fort Collins Police Department SWAT team was called. The team entered into crisis negotiations for several hours.

Bishop attempted to escape at around 11:20 p.m., but officers followed him and were able to prevent it from moving to populated areas using “less lethal” tools, the statement said.

A K9 policeman named Inox was deployed to the scene and apprehended Bishop, who began stabbing the dog, police said. Fortunately, Inox was wearing a protective vest and suffered no serious injuries.

Fort Collins Police Department photo of K9 Inox

Photo courtesy of the Fort Collins Police Department. Photo file.

“This dynamic and resource-intensive situation could have ended very differently without the efforts of our patrollers, our SWAT team, our negotiators and all those who provided tactical support,” Deputy Chief Kristy Volesky said in the press release..

“I am grateful that no member of the community or officer was harmed by this dangerous individual. I am also relieved that K9 Inox returned home to his family last night, thanks to the protective vest that saved his life, “she said.

Bishop faces several charges, including:

  • Threatening crime – 3 counts (class 5 crime)
  • Possession of a weapon by a former offender (class 5 crime)
  • Aggravated Cruelty to Animals (Class 6 Crime)
  • obstructing a peace officer (class 2 offense)
  • Resist arrest (class 2 offense)
  • Disorderly conduct

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