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Police: New Jersey teen told officers to shoot him, tried to grab gun

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Ricky Gass, 18, charged with aggravated assault on an officer, attempting to disarm an officer and resisting arrest. (Linden Police Department)
Ricky Gass, 18, charged with aggravated assault on an officer, attempting to disarm an officer and resisting arrest. (Linden Police Department)


An 18-year-old New Jersey teen has been arrested on the charges of aggravated assault on an officer, attempting to disarm an officer and resisting arrest.

According to NJ.com, Ricky Gass faces the charges after allegedly telling police to shoot him and attempting to take an officer’s gun.

On Thursday afternoon, police responded to a call about a disorderly man jumping on cars at the 400 block of Chandler Avenue.  Gass was standing in the street when the police arrived.  He immediately ran into a house nearby when he noticed the officers.

The officers proceeded to knock on the door, at which time Gass emerged wrapped in a blanket.  He started yelling at them, telling the officers to shoot him.

Captain James Sarnicki released a statement, saying Gass “continued to act belligerent” and struck an officer with his fist.  He also reached for an officer’s holstered gun in an attempt to pull it out.

After a brief struggle, the officers were able to handcuff him.

The New Jersey News reported that Gass was taken to Trinitas Regional Medical Center for an evaluation and then released into police custody.

Gass is being held in the Union County jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.  He is due in court on Friday.

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