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Plea deal expected for man who tried to take officer's gun

Union Leader Correspondent

May 22. 2013 9:35PM


BRENTWOOD — A Salem man has struck a plea agreement to resolve charges that he kicked a police officer and attempted to take his gun while being arrested during a fight.

Dalton Cyr, 21, will appear before a judge to enter his guilty plea on May 28, and be sentenced on the same day, according to court records.

Cyr was indicted by a grand jury in March on charges of simple assault, resisting arrest and attempting to take law enforcement officer’s firearm.

Terms of the plea deal have not been made public. The simple assault and attempt to take a firearm charges were felonies punishable by prison time.

Cyr was arrested on the morning of Nov. 30, 2012, at what police say was an underage drinking party underway at a home on Stonegate Lane.

Salem police responded to a report of two men fighting in the street near the home around 3:30 a.m., but discovered the party was at the home nearby.

When police officers entered the home, two party-goers became combative with officers before being taken into custody, according to police.

Prosecutors say that Cyr grabbed at Salem police Officer Joseph Freda’s firearm from his holster and kicked Freda while being taken into custody.

Freda suffered a hand injury that later required a trip to the hospital, but was still able to make the arrest, police said.

Prosecutors sought an enhanced penalty on the simple assault charge — usually a misdemeanor — because Freda was acting in his official capacity as a police officer.

The simple assault charge is punishable by up to two to five years in state prison, an indictment says.

Cyr has been held at the Rockingham County jail on $50,000 bail.

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