A police officer who was monitoring the downtown area of Colorado Springs early Saturday morning was assaulted by a man soon after taking another, unrelated suspect into custody.
A physical disturbance began outside one of the downtown nightclubs at approximately 1:54 a.m. near the 00 block of N. Tejon Street. Officers assigned to the Downtown Area Response Team intervened and began separating the individuals involved. One male was taken into custody for offenses related to that disturbance.
As that suspect was being taken into custody, another physical disturbance broke out several feet away. One officer remained with the suspect already in custody while the other officers intervened in the second physical disturbance.
At that time, a suspect identified as 21-year-old Cutter Halloway "ambushed" the officer and forcefully tackled him to the ground, according to the police report. The attack knocked the officer off of the suspect already in custody and onto his back. Halloway then began punching the officer in the face.
The officer used Oleoresin Capsicum spray in Halloway's direction to buy time for the other officers to come to his aid.
The other officers deployed a taser to subdue the suspect. The assaulted officer was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
It's unclear why Halloway assaulted the officer as there doesn't appear to be a relationship between the first arrestee and Halloway, police say.
Halloway was arrested on a number of felony offenses including assaulting a police officer, according to the police report.