Feb. 07–A robbery suspect was shot Monday night during a struggle with a sergeant, police said.
Steven Nieves, 31, was struck in the leg by a single bullet and was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where he was treated and released into police custody. The police sergeant, Sgt. James Geremia, also was transported to the hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and discharged, they said.
The holdup happened shortly before 9 p.m. at Mike’s Supermarket, 375 Capitol Ave. The robber, later identified as Nieves, showed a gun to the clerk and ordered the person to hand over money, police said.
The clerk complied, and Nieves ran away with the cash, they said.
A short time later, Sgt. Geremia found Nieves on Main Street near Charles Street. Nieves resisted arrest and assaulted the sergeant, Capt. Brian Fitzgerald said.
During the struggle, Nieves reached for the small handgun in his pants pocket and the gun discharged. Nieves was struck in the leg by a single bullet, Fitzgerald said.
Geremia was able to call for assistance, and Nieves was taken into custody.
Nieves was charged with first-degree robbery, criminal possession of a firearm, unlawful discharge of a firearm, assault on a police officer, reckless endangerment, threatening and carrying a pistol without a permit, police said. His bail was set at $250,000.
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