Police: Struggle With Officer And His Gun Lands Two In Jail

Dewey Beach – State Police have arrested a Maryland couple after they began fighting with a security officer assigned to patrol Indian Beach, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier.

Fournier said the incident occurred around 2:56 a.m. Monday morning, May 29, 2017, when a 9-1-1 caller advised there was an officer laying on ground with two subjects fighting him near Palmer Avenue south of Dewey Beach. Dewey Beach Police Department was able to quickly apprehend the subjects and place them into custody without further incident and turn them over to troopers, said Fournier.

The investigation reveal, John P. Clancy, 21 of Towson, Maryland, and Julia C. Price, 21 of Baltimore, Maryland, were walking in the are of Indian Beach when they asked the 52-year-old commissioned officer, who is employed by Resort Investigations and Patrol for Indian Beach, if they could get a ride to Ocean City, Maryland, according to Fournier.

The officer informed them a cab would be called, and while in the process, the two subjects began walking toward a residence in the private development. The officer told the couple they would be arrested if they continued to trespass on the private property and to wait by his patrol vehicle until the taxi arrived. At that point, Clancy attempted to push the officer backwards, causing the officer to grab his arm, and when doing so, Clancy kicked the officer’s feet out from under him, according to Fournier. Both Clancy and the officer fell to the ground and continued to struggle with one another when Price jumped on top of the officer and made several unsuccessful attempts to remove his firearm from his holster, according to Fournier. The officer was uninjured in the incident.

John Clancy and Julia Price were both transported back to Troop 7 in Lewes where they were both charged with Attempt Remove a Firearm from a Law Enforcement Officer, Conspiracy 2nd, and Offensive Touching. They were both arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $57,500.00 secured (Clancy) and $17,200.00 secured (Price).

No photos of Clancy or Price are available at this time.

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