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Man arrested for grabbing deputy's gun at OC airport

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

July 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man was arrested Friday after allegedly trying to grab a gun from an Orange County Sheriff's deputy's holster at John Wayne Airport.

Officials said 31-year-old Leonardo Alvarez approached the deputy from behind in a gate area around 2:45 p.m. and grabbed his gun. The deputy and a second Sheriff's Department employee, who were patrolling the airport, recovered the gun during a struggle and took Alvarez into custody.

The second Sheriff's Department employee injured his hand during the arrest and was treated at a local hospital. No shots were fired.

Alvarez was booked into jail for assault on a peace officer. Authorities said Alvarez admitted to using drugs throughout the day.