Competency evaluation ordered for man accused of pulling knife on Superior police officer
A Superior man accused of pulling a knife on a police officer will undergo an evaluation to see if he is competent to stand trial.
At a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court, Thompson’s attorney, Rick Gondik, presented a motion for a competency evaluation. According to the motion, when Gondik met with his client, Thompson did not know where he was, why he was there, the conduct that got him there or the charges he was facing.
Thompson remains in Douglas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
Court Commissioner Rebecca Lovejoy ordered the competency evaluation. A hearing on the evaluation results was set for July 8.
According to the criminal complaint:
Superior Police Sgt. Christopher Kirchoff responded to an intoxicated, unwanted person call in Superior’s South End neighborhood the morning of June 3. Thompson was seated in a kitchen chair with an unopened can of beer on the table in front of him. He continued to behave in a disorderly fashion and the sergeant told him he was under arrest. Thompson refused to get up from the chair.
Kirchoff assisted Thompson out of the chair and saw he had a large knife that must have been concealed under the table or his legs while he had been sitting. After Kirchoff disarmed Thompson and brought him to the floor, Thompson reached up and pulled on the officer’s gun.
Additional officers responded and administered pepper spray to Thompson so they could handcuff him. He later told the officers present that he had tried to kill the sergeant and that he would still like to kill him. He said he had the right to kill Kirchoff because he had entered Thompson’s house with a gun.