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Hempstead man threatened another with gun on street, cops say

Michael Spence, 34, of Hempstead, was arrested on

Michael Spence, 34, of Hempstead, was arrested on Thursday, May 5, 2016, and charged with attempted murder after he menaced another man with a gun in Hempstead, Nassau County police said. Credit: NCPD

A Hempstead man was charged with weapons possession and attempted murder after he pointed a gun at another man Thursday afternoon and pulled the trigger — only to have the gun fail to fire, police said.

No one was injured in the incident.

Michael Spence, 34, of Martin Avenue, was arrested a short time after the incident was reported. Nassau County police said a gun and knife were recovered.

Spence was charged with second-degree attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree criminal use of a firearm and third-degree criminal mischief, police said. He was ordered held without bail during arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead. He is due back in court Tuesday.

Hempstead Village police officers responded to a 911 call on Martin Avenue at 3:50 p.m. and once there were told by a 37-year-old man that Spence had menaced him with a knife and gun, Nassau police said. Police said officers were told Spence “pointed the handgun at the victim, pulling the trigger, but the gun failed to fire.”

It was not immediately clear if the gun was loaded.

It also was not immediately clear if the two men knew each other.

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