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Man Accused of Choking Memphis Police Officer, Reaching for His Gun

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A man has been charged after he allegedly choked a Memphis Police officer and tried to grab his gun.

Therman McCoy, 29, was attempting to steal a car in Frayser, an area in the north of the Tennessee city, when the officer approached him, according to court documents seen by local news outlet WREG.

The broadcaster reported that there was a scuffle between McCoy and the police officer. The 29-year-old reportedly put his arm around the officer’s neck and prevented him from breathing.

Prosecutors said that McCoy then tried to grab the officer’s gun.

Other police officers then arrived on the scene. They were together able to restrain McCoy and take him into custody, the broadcaster reported.

McCoy was reportedly charged with aggravated assault, evading arrest, resisting official detention, vandalism and attempted aggravated robbery.

Newsweek has contacted the Memphis Police department for comment.

The incident comes after a prison officer in Indiana was stabbed to death by an inmate during an attack that also left another staff member in a critical condition.

The inmate assaulted the two correctional officers at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City at around 2:40 p.m. on Friday in a common area, Indiana State Police Sgt. Ted Bohner said in a press release.

Both officers were rushed to St. Anthony’s Hospital in the city. One was pronounced dead and the other is in a serious condition, according to the statement. Their identities have not yet been revealed.

Tymetri Campbell, 38, an inmate at the Michigan City Prison, faces several preliminary charges, including murder, as the investigation continues.

The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) said in a statement: “Indiana State Police is investigating an incident involving the lethal stabbing of one staff member and stabbing injuries sustained by a second staff member at the Indiana State Prison. Our thoughts and prayers are with our staff and their families. No further information is being released at this time.”

Meanwhile, a Capitol Police veteran told ABC News on Monday that the January 6 rioters “failed”.

Officer Harry Dunn, a 13-year Capitol Police veteran, recalled gasping for air through pepper spray and mace during efforts to fight off pro-Trump supporters who had stormed the Capitol as senators sought to approve Joe Biden‘s presidential victory.

“They were terrorists,” Dunn said when asked about the rioters. “They tried to disrupt this country’s democracy—that was their goal… And you know what? Y’all failed because later that night, they went on and they certified the election.”

He said of those involved in the siege: “Everybody wants to say that it was about politics and everything, but it was a large number of people in that crowd that were racist.”

Dunn, who suggested that the riot turned the Capitol into something akin to a war zone, told how he was left fearing for his life and how he faced a torrent of racist abuse that day.

“If I can imagine what war is like, I can imagine it was like that,” he said.

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