Man faces possible 10 years in prison after conviction for attacking cop

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A jury took about two hours to convict a Brooklyn Park man for attacking a police officer, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

The jury convicted Lance Carr, 25, of first-degree assault. His sentencing was set for June 17 and Freeman said his prosecutor will be asking the judge to impose the 10 year mandatory minimum sentence for assault on an officer with deadly force.

“We’re very pleased with the result,” Freeman said. “This was a horrendous assault on a police officer. It was quite an altercation for a long period of time. It’s fortunate that the officer was not hurt any more than he was.”

The assault was caught on the squad car’s video camera and was shown to the jury. According to the criminal complaint and court testimony, Brooklyn Park Police Officer Sean Hyman responded to a complaint of loud noise coming from a car outside of some townhomes about 12:20 a.m. Nov. 29.

Hyman talked to Carr, learned his name, made a check and determined there was a felony arrest warrant for him. Hyman ordered Carr out of the car and had Carr’s hands behind his back for cuffing when Carr suddenly turned and threw a punch at the officer. Although the punch missed, Carr grabbed the officer and they fell to the ground.

For the next three minutes, the two men were locked in a violent struggle, with Carr trying to grab the officer’s gun while punching, elbowing and strangling the officer. Officer Hyman, meanwhile, was trying to keep the gun in his holster which left him vulnerable to Carr’s attack. During the struggle, the gun fired and debris flew into the air.
Other officers arrived and finally were able to subdue Carr. Officer Hyman then collapsed and was taken away on a stretcher.

Carr’s defense attorney argued that the charge was too severe and it should only have been a fourth-degree assault.