Stephen Hamper About Cop He Beat: "If I Could Have Gotten Her Gun, I Would Have Killed Her"
Stephen Hamper. More photos and a video below.
Stephen Hamper is reportedly 26 years old, homeless and boasts a history of violence, with his victims including a police officer. That record was allegedly extended this weekend, and if it weren't for quick action by some good Samaritans, he might have shot and killed Aubree Thompson, a Denver police officer. Photos, a video and additional details below.
According to 9News, Thompson is a ten-year veteran of the Denver force currently assigned to District 3 -- and by any measure, she had a very unpleasant Saturday night.
It all started when she received a call about a homeless man, later identified as Hamper, washing his clothes in a drainage grate on the Downing Street on-ramp to Interstate 25.
An arrest affidavit obtained by the station described Hamper as acting "strange" when Thompson attempted to handcuff him. But before the restraints could do their work, he allegedly wheeled and punched her several times in the face.
Next, the report continues, Hamper raced toward the police cruiser only to return and continue his assault. Additional punches to the face and body allegedly brought Thompson to the ground.
At that point, Hamper is said to have climbed on top of the officer, resumed his face-punching and tried to grab her gun -- something she was able to prevent by pinning his hand against her body.
Still, there's no telling how long she might have been able to hold him off if it weren't for the timely arrival of three passersby: Tyler and Holly Ingels, as well as Mike Guillan.
Between the three of them, they were able to get Hamper off Thompson long enough for the officer to take him into custody -- no easy trick, since she was injured seriously enough to require immediate hospitalization. She's since been released.
As for Hamper, we found a slew of criminal records in his name, including a 2011 assault on a police officer in Edmond, Oklahoma, and a 2013 Larimer County bust that included driving on a suspended, denied or cancelled license, DUI/DWAI and obstruction of a peace officer or fireman.
Afterward, Hamper is quoted in the affidavit as saying, "If I would have gotten her gun, I would have killed her. You guys kill children and old ladies."
He won't have access to either for quite a while: 9News notes that Hamper is being held on multiple charges, including attempted first-degree murder and assaulting a peace officer.
Here's a larger look at Hamper's booking photo, followed by a 7News report featuring interviews with Holly Ingels and Guillan.
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