Taser used on man; 2 officers sent to hospital
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Two police officers were treated at the hospital Friday after they fought an Aspen man who was allegedly threatening his family with a meat skewer.
Police were called to 205 E. Durant Ave., where an allegedly very intoxicated Thomas Frampton, 40, was menacing two family members with the two-pronged skewer, police say.
“The suspect was threatening to kill the victim and anyone who showed up,” said police Sgt. Steve Smith, who responded to the call.
Frampton tried to avoid arrest, Smith said, by throwing the skewer at police. A wrestling matched followed as officers tried to take the suspect into custody. The suspect kicked, punched and bit officers, Smith said.
“He had to be subdued using a Taser, multiple times,” he said.
Smith and Officer Michael Tracy suffered a number of cuts, contusions and bites as they tried to subdue the suspect. Frampton wasn’t injured in the fray.
“I had some lacerations on my shins – he raked a door against my shins,” said Smith, who was also punched in the jaw.
Frampton is charged with assault on a police officer, harassment, menacing and disorderly conduct. He was taken to Pitkin County Jail on Friday afternoon and held on a $36,000 bond.
X-rays and CAT scans were ordered for the officers, who spent an hour and a half at Aspen Valley Hospital on Friday night. Neither officer suffered broken bones, but Smith sustained a severely bruised jaw.
Smith, a 23-year veteran of various police forces, has been assaulted just three times in his career. Still, he ranks Frampton as one of the wildest suspects he’s come across.
“He’s probably in the top five, as far as violent,” Smith said.
Frampton bonded out over the weekend, but will appear in Pitkin County District Court today, Smith said.
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