Suspect, 63, fights deputies for hours using feet, feces and broken sprinkler system

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A 63-year-old assault suspect allegedly fought with arresting deputies over a period of hours Sunday night, eventually throwing feces at jail officials and flooding a room inside the Larimer County Jail with water.

Larimer County Sheriff’s deputies responded about 9:43 p.m. to a reported assault in the 3600 block of Crescent Drive in Fort Collins, LCSO reported. A woman said she had been attacked by Charles Lee Kettering, who had subsequently fled the scene. Deputies determined there was probable cause to arrest the man, so they went to get him.

During transport to the Larimer County Jail, Kettering reportedly rammed his head against the inside of the patrol vehicle multiple times. When they arrived at the jail, Kettering allegedly kicked a deputy in the groin as deputies tried to move the suspect. After getting Kettering to a booking cell, he allegedly kicked another deputy in the shin.

Alone in the cell, Kettering reportedly urinated on the floor, then defecated on the floor and threw feces at the cell window.

Kettering then ripped down the fire suppression sprinkler head from the ceiling, causing water to pour onto the floor and flood the booking area, the sheriff’s office reported.

Deputies, unsure if Kettering might use jagged pieces of the broken sprinkler as weapons, called in the Special Emergency Response Team – essentially the jail’s SWAT team trained to handle dangerous inmates.

Kettering allegedly told deputies he would fight them if they tried to remove him from the cell, and then attempted to charge out when deputies opened the door. He was Tased to the ground and placed in restraints, and booking was eventually completed, deputies said.

Kettering faces the following charges:

  • 2nd Degree Assault (Class 3 Felony)
  • 3rd Degree Assault (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
  • 1st Degree Criminal Tampering (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
  • Resisting Arrest (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
  • Obstructing a Peace Officer/Fireman (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
  • Criminal Mischief (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
  • Harassment (Class 3 Misdemeanor)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Petty Offense)
  • Domestic Violence Enhancement

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