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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A man police believe is responsible for injuring two officers Friday afternoon after a traffic stop turned into a pursuit has been arrested, the Lakewood Police Department said.

Brandon Besson, 28, has been booked on suspicion of numerous charges, including attempted first-degree murder, second-degree assault on a police officer, arson, burglary, vehicular eluding and improper turn.

Besson also had four outstanding warrants for his arrest, three of which were felonys.

The incident took place around 4:20 p.m. Friday when Lakewood police officers made a traffic stop near West 14th Avenue and Lamar Street. At some point during the traffic stop, Besson allegedly attempted to flee, dragging an officer a short distance and injuring the officer.

Besson then allegedly abandoned the vehicle he had been driving and ran into a building in the area of West 14th Avenue and Saulsbury Street. While Besson was inside the building, it caught fire and he fled from the building.

Besson then allegedly led officers on a foot chase before being caught and taken into custody. A second officer was injured while taking Besson into custody, police said. Both officers were treated at a local hospital before being released later that evening.

No one was injured in the fire.

Besson is expected to make his first appearance in Jefferson County Court on Monday.