Man charged with attacking off-duty officer

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Hudson, Wisconsin man is charged with threatening a police officer and attacking him to steal his gun.

The charges stem from an incident that took place August 2 inside the Super America store on Seventh Street East in St. Paul. St. Paul Police Sergeant James Gray was working off-duty when a man entered and asked Gray to take him to jail. That man was later identified as 48-year-old Anthony Michael Nickson.

Gray says a woman came in, threw something at Nickson and yelled "there's your s***. Nickson again told the Sergeant to take him to jail, and Gray told him to call a friend or go to the Union Gospel Mission. The sergeant noticed that the suspect wasn't making eye contact, but staring at his gun. Nickson allegedly told the officer he was going to take the gun.

At that point Sergeant Gray radioed for backup, which caused the suspect to lunge at him and grab for the gun. Nickson, an estimated 6 feet 4 inches tall and well over 300 pounds, began wrestling with the officer He lost his radio during the fracas,and an employee picked it up and started screaming for help. Backup arrived and three officers were able to take the suspect to the ground. One of them had to strike Nickson in the face and knock him out to subdue him.

Two employees back up the sergeant's story. Prosecutors have charged Nickson with three counts of making terroristic threats, and two of trying to disarm a police officer. He is being held in the Ramsey County Jail.


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