A Glen Cove man faces charges of criminal weapon possession, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of a child after police officers tackled him early Wednesday as he loaded a shotgun in his home, police said.

The man, 29, was loading the gun in his Glen Cove Avenue home at about 1:32 a.m. as his three children -- ages 1, 3 and 4 -- slept inside the home, Glen Cove City police said.

Police responded to his home after his wife had called asking for assistance. According to a news release from the department, she told officers that she and her husband had been arguing and she feared for her life.

The officers found the husband in an upstairs bedroom, and he was "in the process" of loading the shotgun "when he was startled by the officers."

One barrel of the double-barrel shotgun "was already loaded with a shell and the defendant was in the process of loading the other shell," police said in a statement. "When the defendant saw the officers he turned towards them with the weapon at which time the officers tackled the defendant."

In statement, Det. Lt. John Nagle said the incident "could have quickly turned into a tragedy without the quick thinking and bravery of these two officers."

The officers were identified as Brian Simmons and Andrew Mozer.

Newsday is withholding the name of the suspect to protect the identity of the victims.

The suspect is charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

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He was to be arraigned Wednesday.