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Officer assaulted with police baton in Babylon, police say

Pamela Visconti, 58, and husband Stephen Visconti, 57,

Pamela Visconti, 58, and husband Stephen Visconti, 57, were arrested Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, on assault and menacing charges after an altercation with Suffolk County police outside their Babylon home, authorities said. . Credit: SCPD

A Suffolk County police officer was assaulted with a police baton at the scene of a disturbance Tuesday night that landed a Babylon husband and wife in jail, authorities said.

The wife struck the officer in the head with the baton after the officer had used a stun gun on the husband, police said.

The officer, a woman whose identity was not released, was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a head injury. Her condition was not immediately known.

Police said the assault occurred at the Whalers Cove condo complex at 9:25 p.m.

The First Precinct officer and a patrol sergeant, having responded to a 911 call reporting “a man waving a shovel” at people outside the condo, were interviewing the man, identified as Stephen Visconti, 57, on the front patio when police said his wife, Pamela Visconti, 58, came out of the home and stood between her husband and the officer.

The sergeant attempted to move Pamela Visconti, police said. As he did, police said, Stephen Visconti “raised his arm, threatening to throw a coffee mug at the officer.” Police said the officer then used her stun gun, striking Stephen Visconti.

Police said Stephen Visconti “was able to remove the darts from his body” and promptly threw the coffee mug at the officer’s head. The mug missed. But, police said, while all this was happening, the sergeant and Pamela Visconti “fell to the ground,” allowing Pamela Visconti to grab the baton — which she then used to strike the officer in the head.

Stephen Visconti “then raised a long-handle shovel above his head,” also threatening to strike the officer, before police said he was pushed away by the sergeant.

The husband and wife then went into the home, but came out a short time later — and were promptly arrested.

Pamela Visconti was charged with second-degree assault. Stephen Visconti was charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and second-degree menacing.

Both husband and wife face arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Central Islip.

With Ellen Yan


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