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Report: Assemblyman struggled with police, claimed to grab officer’s gun


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

Assemblyman Steven Brooks, left, shakes hands with Assemblyman Pat Hickey Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, during the 2013 legislative session in Carson City.

Assemblyman Steven Brooks - Feb. 7, 2013

Assemblyman Steven Brooks hugs Assemblyman Pat Hickey before a meeting Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 during the 2013 legislative session in Carson City. Launch slideshow »

Assemblyman Steven Brooks tried to punch a Metro Police officer and claimed to have grabbed the officer’s gun as they struggled during Brooks’ arrest Sunday on a count of domestic battery, according to a police report.

Brooks was subdued with the help of a second officer, according to the report released Monday morning.

The report said Brooks had gone to his home in the 6000 block of Turtle River Avenue to get a TV. It was not clear from the report if Brooks had been staying at the house.

While there, Brooks grabbed his wife by the hair, shouted and pushed her around, the report alleges.

“Let’s go upstairs and make love all night,” he told his wife, according to the report.

Brooks’ angry tirade continued a bit longer as he yelled at his wife to make him coffee, the report said. Eventually, she ran from the home to a neighbor’s house, where she called police, the report states.

When officers arrived about 12:30 a.m., they found Brooks agitated outside his home, officials said.

As police approached, Brooks said, “Oh, good. I was about to call you guys,” according to the report.

He quickly put his hands into his pockets; police asked him to remove them, but Brooks refused to comply, the report said.

That’s when an officer approached Brooks to take him into custody. But the assemblyman shouted “no” and pulled away from the officer, police said.

Brooks then balled his fist and threw a punch at the officer’s face, police said. He missed by inches and tried to punch the officer a second time before he was taken to the ground, the report said.

As the two struggled, a second officer ran to help arrest Brooks, who was on top of the officer, police said.

At one point during the struggle, Brooks said, “I’ve got your gun,” the report said.

Brooks was arrested on counts of obstructing police and domestic battery.

The report said Brooks shouted as he sat handcuffed on the driveway, “Do you know who the (expletive) I am? I’m an assemblyman...”

Brooks suffered a small cut on his face and was treated at the scene, police said.

He was released Monday on bond and is scheduled to be in court on April 11.

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