An Eagle man police say tried to wrestle an officer's gun away from him during a fight is facing multiple felony charges.
The fight started at about 3 a.m. Sunday after an officer pulled over a minivan in which 35-year-old Blake Edmund Cody was a passenger. Police say the van's driver ran two stop signs near Nez Perce and Owyhee Streets.
When the vehicle was pulled over, Cody repeatedly gave the officer a false name and said he was carrying a knife. When asked to step out of the vehicle, Cody jumped out and tried to run, police said.
The officer attempted to stop him, but Cody hit him in the face. During the ensuing tussle, the two slammed through a chain-link fence and fell to the ground.
Other officers arrived to help, and that's when one policeman said Cody grabbed his gun and attempted to pull it free from the holster.
Eventually, they were able to take Cody into custody. Once they learned his real name, officers realized he had two misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear. They also found drug paraphernalia in his possession.
Paramedics were called to the scene to treat Cody and an officer who was also injured during the fight. The suspect was taken to a local hospital, then booked into the Ada County Jail.
He has been charged with felony battery on a law enforcement officer, felony removing a firearm from a law enforcement officer, felony possession of meth, as well as misdemeanors for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, resisting and obstructing and two counts of failure to appear.
The van's driver, 35-year-old Robert Jay Mitchell of Nampa, was also arrested after a drug detection dog brought to the scene alerted on the van. Mitchell was charged with felony possession of meth and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Both men are due in court Monday afternoon.