Cops: Westbury man in domestic case tried for cop's gun

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A Westbury man was arrested Sunday night after he grabbed the service weapon of an officer who had responded to a domestic disturbance at his home and had to be subdued by the officer and his partner, police said.

Nassau County police said the incident occurred at a residence on Castle Avenue in Westbury at about 7:50 p.m.

Gamaliel Nieves, 39, who was arrested and charged with second-degree attempted robbery, second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child, police said in a Monday morning news release. Police said the child belonged to the couple and was in the home at the time, but could not immediately give the age of the child.

Police said that the officers involved had responded to a domestic incident between Nieves and his 25-year-old wife and said that, while the wife was being interviewed, Nieves came down the stairs and charged the other officer, knocking him into a wall and then onto the floor – grabbing his service weapon and attempting to free it from the holster.

Police said a struggle ensued and after the officer was able to retain his gun the two officers then subdued Nieves and placed him under arrest.

During the struggle, police said one officer sustained “bruising and swelling” to his right hand and fingers. He was transported to a hospital, where he was treated and released.

Nieves faces arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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