Man sentenced to probation for fight with Nederland police officer

A Colorado Springs man was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to one felony and one misdemeanor count.

William Patrick Libby, 32, pleaded guilty to felony menacing and resisting arrest and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

Prosecutors dismissed counts of second-degree assault on a peace officer, obstructing a peace officer and retaliation against a witness in exchange for the plea.

According to an arrest report, police on Dec. 1, 2018, were called to the Nederland Library, 200 Colo. 72, for a report that Libby was loitering.

When an officer arrived, Libby began walking toward the officer and was told to stop. Libby said, “Oh, it‘s like that?” and then ran into the library against the order of the officer.

Concerned for the safety of people inside the library, the officer chased Libby. When the officer caught him and tried to detain him, Libby began punching him in the head.

According to the affidavit, Libby was able to break away and tried to use a desk and an elderly man at a computer to separate himself from the officer. Libby then took off his shirt and told the officer to shoot him, at which point the officer used a stun gun on Libby.

Another officer then arrived on scene, and the two officers were able to place Libby under arrest.

Once Libby was medically cleared, he was taken to the Boulder County Jail, where he was combative and threatened to kill people in the jail and the arresting officer.