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Suspect arrested for threatening people with a knife, trying to stab K9 

Released on Tuesday, November 30, 2021
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  • Public Information Officer, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-818-8950, fcpsmedia@fcgov.com, Website: www.fcgov.com/police/

A suspect is in custody after using a knife to threaten someone in Old Town Square, barricading for several hours, and attempting to stab a K9.

Around 8:15 p.m. on November 29, a man called 911 to report that he’d spoken briefly to an unknown person in Old Town Square. He said the suspect (later identified as Matthew Bishop, 29) pulled out a knife and threatened him. The victim left the area and called police.

Officers located Bishop nearby. He refused to drop the knife and threatened officers with it. Police used a less-lethal SAGE launcher, which deploys 40mm hard foam batons, in an effort to safely resolve the situation. However, Bishop ran away and barricaded himself on an emergency escape staircase. The FCPS SWAT team responded to the scene, and crisis negotiators worked for several hours to convince him to surrender.

Around 11:20 p.m., he came down but tried to run from the area. Officers used several less-lethal tools to keep him from running toward populated areas. K9 Inox was deployed and apprehended Bishop, who then began stabbing the dog. Fortunately, K9 Inox was wearing a protective vest that saved him from serious injury.

Bishop was taken into custody and booked into the Larimer County Jail on the following charges:

  • Felony menacing – 3 counts (class 5 felony)
  • Possession of a weapon by a previous offender (class 5 felony)
  • Aggravated cruelty to animals (class 6 felony)
  • Obstructing a peace officer (class 2 misdemeanor)
  • Resisting arrest (class 2 misdemeanor)
  • Disorderly conduct

“This dynamic and resource-intensive situation could have ended very differently had it not been for the efforts of our patrol officers, SWAT team, negotiators, and all who provided tactical support,” said Assistant Chief Kristy Volesky, who leads the Patrol Division. “I’m grateful that no community members or officers were harmed by this dangerous individual. I’m also relieved that K9 Inox went home to his family last night, thanks to the protective vest that saved his life.”

K9 Inox is a German Shepherd who joined FCPS in 2016. He received his vest from a local Fort Collins family who purchased protective equipment for K9s.

All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and all parties must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.