Cop Elbowed, Threatened

When cops asked a 19-year-old to step out of his car, he elbowed an officer in the stomach and then threatened to shoot two cops if he finds them off-duty.

Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:

Last Wednesday at 8:41 p.m., Officers Kyle Malloy and David Stratton were on patrol on Congress Avenue when they spotted a tan Honda Accord driving on the wrong side of the street. They pulled the car over.

Police “smelled the pungent odor of burnt marijuana coming from the car,” Hartman said. A woman was driving; a man was in the passenger seat. The car littered with broken cigar pieces and empty plastic baggies.

The woman told police that she doesn’t have a license and that the car belongs to her boyfriend, the passenger. The 19-year-old passenger told police he doesn’t have a license either.

The cops asked the man to step out of the car. Sighing deeply, the man got out. As Officer Malloy was talking to him, the man elbowed the cop in the stomach. “This was quickly followed by a failed attempt to punch the officer with a closed fist,” Hartman said. The man “punched and resisted the officers as they handcuffed him and placed him into their cruiser. He threatened to shoot the officers should he find them off duty.”

Police found a bag of weed in the car. The 19-year-old was arrested on charges of threatening, assault on a police officer, interfering, and possession of less than five ounces of marijuana.

In other police news, according to Hartman:

At 3:18 p.m. on Thursday, a construction crew working near Shelton Avenue and Argyle Street in Newhallville called police to report gunfire. They told cops that two people had exchanged shots; one shooter had left on foot, the other in a black Chevy Tahoe.

Officers Luis DeCrescenzo and Ryan Macuirzynski spotted the Tahoe not far away, at Butler and Read streets. They pulled the car over after a short pursuit. The driver tried to run; police caught him.

Cops didn’t find a gun. They arrested the 29-year-old man on an outstanding warrant.

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