ALBANY — An Albany Police Department officer and the suspect she was apprehending both ended up at a local hospital following a struggle that resulted in each of them getting pepper-sprayed.
At 8:15 p.m. Monday at the Harveys Supermarket on West Gordon Avenue, Marita Williams, 32, was working part-time as security at the store when she attempted to arrest someone for shoplifting.
“As she was preparing to place him (the suspect) in handcuffs, he began to resist,” an email sent by Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the APD, said. “When he began to fight with her, she made a decision to deploy her O.C. spray in an effort to stop him from resisting. As she started to spray him, he bit her on the arm and refused to release it.
“The pain caused her to drop the spray, but she continued to hold on to the suspect.”
At some point, the suspect — identified as 49-year-old Anthony Salter — picked up the spray from the ground and sprayed it on Williams as well as one of the store employees.
Salter was taken into custody. Both he and Williams were taken to a local hospital for treatment and released, APD officials said.
Salter is being charged with simple battery, shoplifting and aggravated assault on a police officer.
Earlier that day in an unrelated incident, there was an aggravated assault involving a firearm at 704 W. Highland Ave.
In that case, at 11:30 a.m., several victims reported that man pulled out a handgun and pointed it at them, and then threatened them.
Three juveniles were present when the incident occurred, authorities say. The gunman was not at the scene when the APD arrived.
Witnesses were still being interviewed in connection to the case Tuesday afternoon.