Police: Maryland couple tried to remove Indian Beach security officer’s gun

Delaware State Police say a Maryland couple was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning after they reportedly knocked an Indian Beach security officer to the ground and attempted to take his firearm.

Shortly before 3 AM, officials say a 911 caller alerted authorities that two suspects were fighting a security officer near Palmer Avenue south of Dewey Beach. Officers with the Dewey Beach Police Department responded to the scene and arrested John P. Clancy, 21, of Towson, Md., and Julia C. Price, 21, of Baltimore, Md.

The two were turned over to the custody of Delaware State Police, officials said.

According to DSP, Clancy and Price were reportedly walking in the area of Indian Beach when they asked the security officer for a ride to Ocean City. When the officer told them a taxi would be called, Clancy and Price began walking toward a residence in the private development, police said. The officer told the two that they would be arrested if they continued trespassing, and told them to wait by his patrol car until the cab arrived.

Police say at this point, Clancy tried to push the officer backwards. According to police, after pushing to officer, the officer grabbed Clancy's arm. Clancy reportedly kicked the officer's feet out from under him and both men fell to the ground in a struggle. Price then reportedly jumped on top of the officer and tried to remove his firearm from his holster.

The officer was not injured in the incident, officials said.

Both Clancy and Price are charged with attempted removal of a firearm from a law enforcement officer, second degree conspiracy and offensive touching. Both have been committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution, Clancy on a secured bond of $57,500 and Price on a secured bond of $17,200.

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