An undercover Fort Collins Police Department detective has been hospitalized in critical condition after he was caught retrieving tracking equipment used in an arrest earlier this summer.
The detective, whose identity has not been released by authorities, was attempting to remove a tracking device from a truck parked near the intersection of E. 8th Street and N. Boise Avenue in Loveland on the evening of 29 september. The device was used by the court. to track the movements of the truck and its owner, Marvin Evans. Evans, 46, was arrested in June for stalking and violating protective orders in Fort Collins.
While removing the device, the undercover agent was discovered by an acquaintance of Evans who was using the truck at the time. That acquaintance, Quentin Wallace, 35, assaulted the undercover officer.
Loveland police responded to the scene. Wallace was not arrested until October 6. That’s when a multi-agency team concluded its investigation into the incident and the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office issued a warrant. Deputies from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office arrested Wallace. Wallace was charged with 2nd degree assault causing bodily harm, a Class 4 felony.
“Investigators have found no evidence that Wallace knew the detective was a law enforcement officer prior to the assault,” the LCSO said in a news release announcing Wallace’s arrest and charges, ” therefore the suspect was not charged with assaulting a police officer.”
At the time of Wallace’s arrest, the undercover officer was still in a hospital in critical condition, according to the LCSO press release. Fort Collins Police Department spokeswoman Kate Kimble told CBS4 on Monday that the officer’s condition has stabilized as he is still recovering from “significant” injuries.
The officer was not working alone to remove the tracking device, according to the prosecutor’s office. But no other information on the circumstances of the incident has been communicated.
Wallace posted bond Oct. 18 and appeared in Larimer County Court on Oct. 31. He is due back in court in December.
Evans remains jailed on bond of nearly half a million dollars. A search of online court records shows he is also in the midst of divorce proceedings.