Youth scuffles with cops

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Around 12:30 a.m. this morning, Chatham-Kent police responded to the downtown Chatham area in regards to youths throwing rocks at vehicles.

An officer on general patrol located four young people near the Downtown Chatham Centre.

Upon speaking with them, one of the youths became belligerent and lunged at the officer. As the officer placed the youth under arrest, he assaulted the officer in an attempt to free himself, police say.

As a second officer arrived, the youth tried to grab the officer’s firearm, which was still secured in the holster, and threatened to shoot them, police say. The youth was taken into custody, where he then provided a false name to police.

Through investigation, police identified the 17-year-old youth of no fixed address. He was charged with assault police, disarming a police officer, uttering threats and obstruct police. He has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

An 18-year-old Chatham man was also arrested as he interfered with the arrest of the youth, police say. Upon being searched incident to arrest, the man was found to be in possession of a knife. The man was charged with obstruct police and being in possession of a prohibited weapon.

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