St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office vehicle

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office vehicle.

A Slidell-area man was arrested last weekend and is accused of attempting to disarm a police officer during a traffic stop, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said. 

Authorities said Michael Annaloro, 48, was driving erratically Sunday when a Sheriff's Office deputy pulled him over on the I-12 ramp onto I-10 westbound. As Annaloro exited his pick-up truck he immediately approached the deputy's patrol car screaming and another deputy arrived to the scene. The Sheriff's Office said Annaloro returned to his vehicle and rummaged through his belongings in an apparent search for a weapon. 

The move prompted the first deputy to unholster her firearm and the other, a stun gun. Annaloro exited his vehicle with one hand concealed behind his leg.

The Sheriff's Office said Annaloro tried to forcefully grab the deputy's firearm, causing her to discharge the weapon. Attempts to subdue Annaloro were initially unsuccessful. Officers used the stun gun on the man at least twice, but he the probes on two occasions. Eventually, he was taken into custody and booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail on a count each of reckless operation, resisting an officer with force and attempting to disarm an officer. 

The Sheriff's Office said a firearm was located in the man's vehicle.

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