Transient man who threatened police officer faces multiple charges |

Transient man who threatened police officer faces multiple charges

The transient man arrested Dec. 30 for allegedly pulling a knife on a police officer has been identified as 59-year-old Christopher O’Donnell. O’Donnell is still in custody and is expected to make his first court appearance Jan. 9.

A Granby police officer spotted O’Donnell walking west on the sidewalk of Agate Avenue at around 11:15 a.m. Dec. 30. The officer had contacted O’Donnell a week prior to the incident regarding safety concerns due to inclement weather, according to a court affidavit.

The officer eventually made contact with O’Donnell attempting to offer “assistance to get him out of the mountains and to an area where there was shelter and resources.” According to the officer, O’Donnell repeatedly stated that he lives in the area as the officer approached, eventually pulling a fixed-blade knife from his jacket and turning toward the officer.

The officer then drew his firearm and ordered O’Donnell to stop and drop the knife. O’Donnell ran north across the railroad tracks where the officer lost sight of him.

O’Donnell was tracked back to a makeshift shelter set up near the Granby Kum and Go, where O’Donnell was arrested by a Fraser-Winter Park police officer. O’Donnell told the officer that he had a problem with the Granby officer, but later apologized to the Granby Officer, according to the affidavit. Officers later recovered the knife he had brandished.

He has been charged with menacing, two counts of criminal attempt to commit assault in the second degree, and two counts of the crime of violence.

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