Police: Ottumwa Man Attempted to Take Gun from Officer During Struggle

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Police say an Ottumwa man attempted to take an officer’s gun after trying to escape on foot.

34-year-old Michael McBride has been charged with disarm/attempt to disarm an officer, a Class D felony, and interference with official acts, a serious misdemeanor.

Court records say on October 21, multiple callers reported McBride acting strangely and walking into traffic at the intersection of North Court and Maple in Ottumwa.

According to Ottumwa police, an officer observed McBride walking in the roadway upon arriving on the scene. The officer made contact with McBride who informed the officer that he had taken acid and then took off running.

The officer tackled McBride to the ground and failed to follow the officer’s verbal commands as the two physically struggled. During the fracas, McBride allegedly grabbed the officer’s firearm and attempted to remove it from the possession of the officer.

The officer was injured in the incident but court documents did not specify the injury.

McBride was arrested and transported to the Wapello County Jail. His bond has been set at $5,000.

McBride has a preliminary hearing scheduled for October 30. Court records show he has entered a plea of not guilty.

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