Boise man charged with attempting to grab officer’s gun

August 26, 2013 

— A Boise man is facing a felony charge after police said he tried to snatch a gun from a Boise Police Department officer.

Officers who saw a fight break out in front of a Boise bar early Saturday morning stepped in to stop it, police said. The officers said they had to physically pull one man, 21-year-old Michael John Kalange, off another combatant.

Officers separated the people fighting in order to interview them and determine what had happened. That’s when Kalange made a grab for one officer’s firearm, police said.

Kalange, who officers said appeared intoxicated, was unable to get the gun out of the officer's holster, police spokesman Charles McClure said.

“They have safety measures in place to prevent that,” he said.

During the ensuing struggle, Kalange suffered a head injury, police said. He was arrested and taken to a local hospital for treatment before being booked into the Ada County Jail.

McClure said that attempting to pull a gun away from an officer was very serious. Kalange was charged with a felony for attempting to remove a weapon from a law enforcement officer.

“It’s not a good idea to try to do that,” McClure said.

Kalange will appear in court Monday afternoon.

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