Man tries to take deputy's gun at Calif. airport

July 9, 2011 - 6:44 PM

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man was arrested at John Wayne Airport in California after trying to take a deputy's gun.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that the suspect approached the deputy from behind in the airport's departure gate area Friday. The man grabbed the gun but was immediately overpowered by the deputy and a second Sheriff's Department employee.

The gun was recovered. No shots were fired.

The suspect's name was not released. He was charged with assault on a peace officer and was transported to the Orange County Jail.

Authorities said the man admitted to having consumed narcotics throughout the day.

While assisting in the arrest, the sheriff's department employee sustained an injury to his hand that was treated at a local hospital.