Dieter Klofkorn

Construction workers tackled and subdued a man who attempted to take a Surprise reserve police officer’s duty weapon the morning of Aug. 7 at a construction site near 7200 W. Bell Road, police said.

Just after 9 a.m., Dieter Klofkorn walked up to the construction site and sat in one of the chairs belonging to the employees working on the roadway. As the workers noticed Klofkorn sitting in the chair, they gave him water, thinking he was possibly homeless and needed their assistance.

Klofkorn sat in the chair for a moment and then suddenly stood up and began running at the uniformed Surprise Police reserve officer who was a short distance away directing traffic, police said. Upon reaching the officer, Klofkorn tried to grab his duty weapon on his belt, police said. Construction workers tackled Klofkorn and restrained him until officers with the Glendale Police Department arrived and handcuffed him. 

Klofkorn was arrested on an aggravated assault charge and booked into the Maricopa County Jail. Upon questioning Klofkorn as to why he tried to take the officer’s gun, he said, “because I wanted it” and “because it’s cool,” police said.

No injuries were sustained by the reserve officer or any of the parties involved.