Defendant lunges for officer’s gun in Oregon courtroom

October 12, 2018

In a scuffle caught on courtroom video in Oregon, a defendant identified as 27-year-old Scott Lemmon stands up and lunges for a gun worn by a police officer sitting at the counsel table nearby. Courthouse deputies tackled Lemmon to the floor. (Oct 12)

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — Video shows a dramatic Oregon courtroom scuffle in which a defendant lunges for a police officer’s gun.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a judge had denied a request by deputies to restrain 27-year-old Scott Lemmon in court Wednesday.

In the video, Lemmon stands up and grabs for a gun worn by a Newport police officer sitting at a table nearby.

The officer turned away and a courthouse deputy tackled Lemmon to the floor.

Lemmon was on trial for robbery and other charges and was later convicted. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says he could face new charges.

His defense attorney, Brian Gardner, did not return a request for comment Friday.

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