Former Colorado Springs councilwoman arrested on domestic violence charges

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A former member of the Colorado Springs City Council was arrested on domestic violence charges after throwing knives at her husband and screaming that she wanted to kill him, police say.

Colorado Springs Police released a mugshot for 48-year-old Lisa Czelatdko Thursday, but the incident happened late Friday, according to court records.

An affidavit for Czelatdko's arrest says officers were called to her house shortly before midnight. They talked to her, and she admitted to "holding a can of mace in [her husband's] direction" and trying to keep her husband from entering the house.

She told officers that while she was blocking her husband, she picked up "what she could from the ... garage shelf and attempted to throw it at Mr. Czelatdko," court documents say. One of those items broke a car window, and officers noticed shattered glass on the ground. She then admitted to throwing knives at him.

Mr. Czelatdko told officers a similar account but said he made it inside the house and started walking toward the basement stairs while Mrs. Czelatdko was screaming to get out of the house. That's when his wife went to the kitchen island to grab several knives out of the drawer, he told police. She then threw the knives, and one of them cut him below the knee.

According to the affidavit, Mr. Czelatdko said his wife was screaming, "I wish you were dead, I want to kill you."

It's not clear what, if anything, prompted the altercation.

Police arrested Lisa on charges of second-degree assault, two counts of menacing, and criminal mischief.

Czelatdko served on the council from 2011 to 2013 and opted not to run for re-election.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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