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Man arrested in UofL dorm tried to grab officer's gun

Michael Amsler (Source: LMDC) Michael Amsler (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man suspected of theft fled to a University of Louisville dorm where he struggled with a police officer and tried to grab his gun, police say.

Witnesses say that on April 24, Michael Amsler stole a wallet from an employee at ID&A on South 5th street. One of the witnesses followed Amsler, 22, to Bettie Johnson Hall at 401 Cardinal Boulevard.

Amsler is not a University of Louisville student, according to an LMPD spokeswoman.

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When police arrived on the scene they found Amsler inside the dorm with 10 to 15 credit or debit cards in plain view, according to a police report.

An officer knocked Amsler to the ground after he attempted to flee. Police say Amsler continued to struggle with the officer and tried to grab the officer's gun with both hands.

Amsler was knocked to the ground again, and police used a stun gun to subdue him.

Mark Hebert, a spokesman for UofL, said the incident did not pose a threat to the campus or any students staying at the dorm.

While searching Amsler, police found the victim's wallet. The victim also identified Amsler as the thief.

Amsler is charged with burglary, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, criminal mischief and disarming a peace officer.

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