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Cops: Man with handgun fought with officer

A 27-year-old man was arrested after police said he threatened a couple with a handgun and later fought with a Nassau County police Bureau of Special Operations officer during armed confrontations in Hicksville on Monday.

The officer suffered facial cuts and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Manuel Carbajal of 163 Woodbury Rd. in Hicksville was charged with third-degree robbery, second-degree assault, second-degree menacing, fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of resisting arrest.

He was scheduled for arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Police said Carbajal was arrested just after midnight.

The incident began, police said, when Carbajal approached a 63-year-old woman on Heitz Place and then "pointed a handgun at the victim," who described him to police as "acting irrationally."

The woman's husband, identified only as a 50-year-old man, came to her aid -- only to have Carbajal also point the handgun at him, police said.

Carbajal then fled.

Police said Second Precinct officers and Bureau of Special Operations officers then began scouring the area for Carbajal and found him walking south on McKinley Avenue.

A .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun was then taken from Carbajal by an officer who stopped him, police said.

But, police said, Carbajal then became involved in "a violent struggle" with that officer as the officer attempted to make an arrest. During the struggle, police said, Carbajal struck the officer in the face "multiple times." The officer dropped his police radio during the struggle and Carbajal grabbed it and fled, again, police said.

He was later located in the backyard at his home.

Police said that when officers attempted to arrest Carbajal at that time he swung his arms and kicked at them "violently." He also grabbed the handgun of one officer and, police said, attempted to remove it from the officer's holster before being subdued.

He was eventually taken into custody, police said.

The radio was recovered.

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