An Idaho Springs police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending investigation into a May 30 encounter that left a local man hospitalized.
Neither the man nor the officer has been identified at this time, and the man’s current condition is unknown.
Idaho Springs Police Department Chief Nate Buseck said on Wednesday that the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are conducting separate probes into whether any excessive force was used.
According to Buseck, around 10:45 p.m. on May 30, ISPD officers responded to a disturbance in the 3200 block of Riverside Drive. A woman reported that a man who lived in a nearby apartment had assaulted her.
Officers contacted the man, who reportedly answered the door holding a club-like object that appeared to have teeth along the edges. There was a physical altercation between the man and the officers, which resulted in the man’s hospitalization. Buseck stated that the officers were uninjured.
The man has not been charged with any crime.