Avondale firefighters injured while assisting police in arresting combative suspect

Posted at 1:00 PM, Sep 21, 2016

Avondale firefighters were injured while helping police restrain a suspect resisting arrest.

According to Avondale police, they were called to a home near Maricopa County Highway 85 and Litchfield Road on September 14th. When police arrived, a woman was being helped out of the home with cuts and blood on her face, telling police that the suspect was a holding a knife and threatening her and her son. 

Police entered the home to contain 22-year-old suspect Toddrick Douglas Cooks. Police say they attempted to place his hands behind his back, but Cooks was resisting saying, “he wasn’t going anywhere.”

Firefighters jumped in after they noticed Cooks began making a fist, preparing to assault the officers.

Authorities say the suspect, Cooks, remained combative. He allegedly scratched one firefighter on his forearm and kicked another in the knees so hard the tendons in both tore, resulting in surgery.

Police say Cook was then tased, handcuffed, and taken into custody.

He is being charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault.