Police charged a Frederick man with assault after they said he attacked a woman in a parking lot, then told police he had a gun when they confronted him.
Nicholas Ryan Christopher Combs, 26, of the 100 block of South Market Street, was lying on the ground, raising his middle finger to passersby when a city police officer spotted him around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court.
When the officer approached Combs, he fled a short distance, then put his hand into his pocket and told the officer he had a gun, the documents state.
“Shoot me, shoot me!” Combs yelled, according to the documents. “Shoot me and kill me!”
As the officer tried to reason with Combs, he grabbed a woman at All Saints and Carroll streets and held her in a chokehold with his left arm, at which point the officer charged Combs and tackled him, the documents state.
Lt. Clark Pennington, a department spokesman, said the officer, identified in charging documents as Cpl. Reed Preece, used good judgment in determining how to handle Combs, with whom Preece was familiar.
“He knew the history and some of the backstory behind the suspect, he also knew that the woman the suspect had grabbed was acquainted with the suspect as well,” Pennington said. “Corporal Preece did not feel like either he or the woman was in any level of danger that surpassed the use of force the officer eventually used.”
Officers spoke to several witnesses who recounted what they saw. Combs was handcuffed and taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on charges of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.
Both Combs and the woman were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for evaluation and treatment, where Combs told Preece he had recently smoked marijuana and taken a prescription drug, the documents state.