Police: Suspect killed by police attacked officer with a meat cleaver

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AURORA, Colo. — Aurora Police released new photos Thursday of a weapon used and an injury inflicted in an attack on a police officer Monday.

The photos show the weapon, a meat cleaver, and a serious head wound received by an officer when he stopped to help what he thought was a stranded motorist during a snowstorm Monday morning around 3:40 a.m. Interstate 225 and East Alameda Avenue.

But as the officer walked away from the car, the suspect attacked the officer from behind, police said.

“This was an unprovoked attack and frankly I feel very comfortable in saying that I believe this an attempt murder on my officer,” Metz said.

The injured police officer is expected to recover. Police said the officer was seriously hurt, but is no longer in the hospital.

Carlos Morales was plowing a nearby parking lot and recorded video of the scene on his cellphone. Gunshots could be heard on the recording and someone yelling “Put your hands up.”

“When I heard some shots like some loud shots and first thing that came to my mind was to look up at to where the officers were and sure enough there was a cop running after a police vehicle and that’s when the second series of shots came,” Morales said.

“And then the officer’s vehicle did a U-turn and came back towards the officer and then that’s when the officer reloaded and unloaded on to the police cruiser.”

The suspect sped off in the stolen police car eastbound to East Alameda Parkway and East Kentucky Avenue with multiple officers in pursuit. After one of them rammed the car and forced it to spin out, they were able to approach the vehicle.

“The suspect got out of the vehicle and he was ordered numerous times to give up, to stop, put his hands up. … He did not comply with those orders and at that time our officer did fire at the suspect,” Aurora police spokesman Lt. Scott Turep said.

The suspect died at the scene. He was identified as Tuan Hoang, 25, and Colorado Bureau of Investigations records show that Hoang had a history of convictions for first-degree trespassing, misdemeanor theft, driving under the influence and open public consumption of marijuana.