At about 2 p.m. Dec. 6, the suspect’s family told law enforcement that they were worried because Clark left his residence in Penrose and said he wasn’t going to return. They said Clark was mentally disturbed, according to Cañon City Police Department Chief Paul Schultz.
At about 3:30 p.m., he allegedly stole a holster from Victory Defense, a police supply store.
“One (clerk) walked up to him, tapped him on the back of the shoulder.” Schultz said. “He turned around, he pulled out an open knife on this clerk and said, ‘Don’t touch me or I’ll cut you.’ He then took another step toward the clerk.”
Clark then left the scene, Schultz said, and was found 10 minutes later at the intersection of Ute and Raynolds by CCPD Cpl. Andrew Sanders.
“Mr. Clark did not respond to the officer’s commands to stop and talk to him,” he said. “Our officer went up, tapped him on the shoulder. He turned around with a eight-inch knife … Then without saying anything, stabbed Corporal Sanders under the left arm toward the armpit and then continued to encroach upon him.” Schultz said the officer told him to stop after he was injured, but he didn’t comply.
Sanders ended up shooting Clark five times without killing him.
The story doesn’t say if Clark had a job or not.