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Danbury Officer Suffered Serious Injuries In Assault

Pierre Elhayek
Pierre Elhayek Photo Credit: Danbury Police Department

UPDATE : In a statement, the Danbury Police Department said it was unable to obtain any credible information that Pierre Elhayek had been a recent patient of the Danbury Hospital.

The investigation is ongoing and as such no further information can be released at this time, the statement said.

original story: DANBURY, Conn. -- A 20-year-old man who was charged with “viciously assaulting" a Danbury police officer Saturday, July 30, had just been released from Danbury Hospital hours before the attack, according to Danbury Police.

Pierre Elhayek of Danbury, was charged with attacking Danbury Police Officer Joe Pooler as he was parked at Jimmy's Market, police said.

The attack, which Krupinsky said a lesser person would not have survived, occurred after Elhayek lured Pooler out of his cruiser in a parking lot on Germantown Road, according to police.

That’s when Elhayek attacked Pooler, and a violent struggle ensued, as Elhayek punched and kicked the officer in the head and body numerous times, police said.

"His head is swollen like a balloon and he is pretty beat up, but he is up and walking," said Krupinsky. "I just thank God it was Pooler, who is one of our toughest officers and knows how to defend himself. Someone else might not have made it."

Krupinsky said that Pooler has quite a road of ahead of him with severe facial wounds, but nothing that will prevent him from returning to the streets.

"He is one tough guy who practices marital arts and works out," Krupinsky said. "He'll make it back, it will just take a little while."

Elhayek was charged with second-degree assault, assault on a police officer, interfering with a police officer, breach of peace and first-degree criminal mischief. He was held on $250,000 bond.

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