BOULDER, Colo. –
Boulder police said Thursday that a former State Patrol officer who was punched while trying to defend his neighbor from her boyfriend used a handgun to control the man until police arrived.
Seth Kurtz, 25, of Littleton, was arrested after 10:45 p.m. on suspicion that he hit the 53-year-old former officer and tried to break into his girlfriend’s apartment in the 1000 block of 30th Street.
Police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said Kurtz broke out a window on the balcony of the woman’s apartment during an argument they were having. When the 19-year-old woman ran to her neighbor’s apartment, the neighbor grabbed a handgun and confronted Kurtz.
Kurtz hit the man in the face, Huntley said, and the former officer drew his weapon and ordered Kurtz onto the floor. Police arrived a few minutes later and found the neighbor had backed off and Kurtz was climbing down the balcony railing.
Kurtz was arrested and booked into the Boulder County Jail on suspicion of trespassing, third-degree assault, criminal mischief and domestic violence.
Police did not immediately release the names of the neighbor or the woman, but said the former officer appears to have acted appropriately.