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Moorhead police: Armed man arrested after punching, trying to disarm officers

Police were called to a home on a report of a man trying to force his way into a home.

A 24-year-old Atlanta, Georgia, man could face several charges after police in Moorhead say he became combative, punched officers and tried to disarm them during an arrest. 

The incident happened at about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Moorhead police officers responded to the 1100 block of 19th Street South on a report of a possibly armed man trying to force his way into a home, a news release said

As officers were entering the building, they saw a man who "appeared to have placed a handgun in his waistband," the release said. Officers "immediately engaged" him and the man "became combative."

Police say a handgun fell from the man's waistband while officers were "struggling" to control him. 

"While officers were on the ground, in a narrow hallway, fighting with the suspect, an officer used one of his hands to control the suspect's handgun and render it temporarily safe by removing the magazine and the bullet in the chamber," the release said. 

The man "continued to fight," and he punched officers and attempted to "disarm" them. 

Eventually, officers took the man into custody and he was booked into the Clay County Jail. 

Neither the man nor the officers required medical treatment from the incident, the release says. 

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Police have sent its reports to the Clay County Attorney's Office, which will consider charges. The release notes the department is seeking charges of assault, attempting to disarm a police officer, obstructing the legal process, possession of a small amount of marijuana and the man being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

The suspect had an active warrant out of Georgia for a probation violation, the release adds. 

No other details have been released. 

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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