Superior man charged for attempt to assault officer
A man accused of pulling a knife on a Superior police sergeant and trying to take the officer’s gun made an initial appearance Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court.
Gregory S. Thompson, 30, of Superior faces felony charges of attempted first-degree homicide and attempting to disarm a police officer. He also faces misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer and domestic abuse disorderly conduct.
Thompson pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges, and a preliminary hearing on the felony charges was set for Wednesday.
According to a news release issued by Superior Deputy Chief Nick Alexander:
The charges stem from a Tuesday morning incident at a residence in the 5800 block of Banks Avenue. An intoxicated, unwanted guest was reported, and Sgt. Chris Kirchoff was the first officer to arrive on the scene.
Thompson appeared to be intoxicated and engaged in a loud and profane argument with his mother in Kirchoff’s presence.
Thompson was given an option to leave, but continued to cause a disturbance. Kirchoff told Thompson he was under arrest.
Thompson was sitting in a chair, refusing to leave and stand up. As Thompson was assisted to his feet, Kirchoff observed a large dagger-style knife in his right hand. He immediately took Thompson to the floor, knocking the knife from his hand. Once on the floor, the sergeant attempted to handcuff Thompson, but he resisted attempts to be handcuffed and grabbed the officer’s holstered firearm. Thompson continued to pull on the handgun. The sergeant was able to prevent Thompson from accessing his firearm and radioed for help.
Another officer arrived a short time later and assisted in the arrest. A short burst of pepper spray was delivered to help establish control over Thompson. He was then handcuffed and transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Superior for treatment of minor injuries before being transported to the Douglas County Jail.
Subsequent to his arrest, Thompson made statements that he was trying to kill the arresting sergeant, according to Alexander’s news release.
“This incident demonstrates the danger that officers can face while performing their duties and could have resulted in a far more tragic outcome, including more serious injury, or death, to all involved,” Alexander stated in the news release.
The incident remains under investigation.
Thompson remains at the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.