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Man Charged After Struggle for Officer's Gun

Posted February 22, 2007 10:35 a.m. EST

— A Goldsboro man has been charged with attempted murder after trying to grab an officer's gun and firing two shots, police said.

Robert Edward Dukes, 30, of 1300 E. Ash St., is being held in the Wayne County Detention Center without bond.

Officer Chris Crawford arrested Dukes Tuesday night on outstanding warrants for assault inflicting serious injury, kidnapping, common law robbery and assault by strangulation, police said. As Dukes was being processed at a magistrate's office, Dukes assaulted Crawford, and they struggled over Crawford's gun, police said.

It was unclear whether Dukes was handcuffed at the time.

During the scuffle, Dukes fired two shots before Crawford and a Wayne County Sheriff’s Office detention officer were able to subdue him, police said. Nobody was wounded in the shooting, police said.

Both Dukes and Crawford were taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The State Bureau of Investigations is reviewing the incident.