Inspired by ISIS’ online calls for foreign jihadists to attack police in their homelands, the 32-year-old MUSLIM (convert?) who was shot five times after stabbing a Cañon City Police Department officer made ‘Islamic-type statements’ prior to attack.
Canon City Daily Record (h/t Rob E) At a press conference at the police department Monday, CCPD Chief Paul Schultz said a welfare check was conducted Friday by the Fremont County Sheriff’s office on Hudson Taylor Clark because he was “acting unusual.” (No, he was just acting like a typical Muslim) “When he was contacted by the Fremont County deputy (Friday), he was saying ‘Dear God please forgive the disbelievers. Praise be to Allah,'” he said.
According to the chief of police, the suspect’s family informed law enforcement about the multiple “jihadist websites” the suspect visited. Schultz said he didn’t know what those particular web addresses were.
At about 2 p.m. Saturday, the suspect’s family told law enforcement that they were worried because Clark left his residence in Penrose and said he wasn’t going to return. They also said Clark was “mentally disturbed” (the latest phony excuse for Islamic jihadism), had been working out a great deal during the last two months and recently had broken up with his girlfriend.
At about 3:30 p.m., he allegedly robbed Victory Defense, a police supply store. “At that point in time, Mr. Clark walked inside the store and he shoplifted a 9mm handgun and put it inside his waistband, walked out the back door,” Schultz said. Schultz said there’s surveillance video footage of Clark exiting the store with the gun.
The two clerks in the store followed him outside and demanded that he return the gun, Schultz said, and he did but allegedly stole a holster shortly thereafter. “One (clerk) walked up to him, tapped him on the back of the shoulder.” Schultz said. “He turned around, he pulled out an open knife on this clerk and said, ‘Don’t touch me or I’ll cut you.’ He then took another step toward the clerk.”
“Mr. Clark did not respond to the officer’s commands to stop and talk to him,” he said. “Our officer went up, tapped him on the shoulder. He turned around with a eight-inch knife … Then without saying anything, stabbed corporal Sanders under the left arm toward the armpit and then continued to encroach upon him.” Schultz said the officer told him to stop after he was injured, but he didn’t comply.
“He continued to encroach upon Corporal Sanders with the knife, which was open obviously,” he said. “Corporal Sanders then fired his handgun in self-defense, striking Mr. Clark five times.”
“The suspect at this point dropped to the ground, never lost consciousness, was bleeding profusely and continued to make comments,” Schultz said. “Next to him was the Qur’an, which fell out onto the ground and during this first aid situation at this point, he did ask for his Qur’an.”
He was shot twice in the left arm, once in the right arm, once in the abdomen and a bullet grazed across his chest, Schultz said. (Unfortunately, he didn’t die)
Clark has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, two counts of menacing, attempted theft, theft and resisting arrest.