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Va. man attacks officer, reaches for duty pistol

The Virginian-Pilot

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A man assaulted a police officer and grabbed for the officer's gun while being arrested Sunday, police said.

The officer was responding to a disturbance in the 600 block of Bethune St. about 6 p.m., police spokeswoman Margie Long said.

A man was destroying property and had assaulted an employee at a group home, Long said.

The officer tried to take the man, identified as Levi Martin, 20, of the 200 block of Bethune St., into custody. He had placed a pair of handcuffs around one wrist when the man swung his arm, hitting the officer in the head, and reached for the officer's gun, Long said. The officer was able to subdue the man.

The officer's wound required stitches, Long said.

Martin faces charges of assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and attempting to remove the officer's gun.

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