Frederick police officer fired, charged with assaulting suspect

A 33-year-old former Frederick police officer is charged with assault, misconduct and reckless endangerment after police say he used his gun to hit a man on the head while arresting him.

Trevor James McCourt was fired from the Frederick Police Department on June 6 and charged with second-degree assault, official misconduct and reckless endangerment in Weld County District Court on Tuesday.

The assault charge is a felony and official misconduct and reckless endangerment are misdemeanors.

McCourt was fired after an internal investigation found he violated use of force and conduct policies while arresting a man on April 28, department officials said in a news release Thursday.

According to the police department, McCourt saw a vehicle without a license plate speeding and not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign near William Bailey Avenue and Majestic Street around 8:35 a.m. April 28.

When McCourt tried to pull the car over, the driver sped away before stopping at a dead end and fleeing on foot.

Police officers found the man hiding behind a trash can on Sumac Street. While McCourt was trying to arrest him, he hit the man on the side of his head with the muzzle of his gun, according to department officials.

The man fell to his knees and was arrested. He was treated for a cut on his head at the hospital before he was booked into the Weld County Jail.

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Other officers reported McCourt’s actions because they were concerned about the excessive force he used, department officials said Thursday. He was put on administrative leave for an internal investigation and was fired on June 6 when the internal investigation was complete.

He was hired by the police department Sept. 3.

An attorney for McCourt could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday night.

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