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South Carolina Man Faces Charges After Ditching Handgun and Fighting Police

 Police recovered this handgun with its serial number scratched off from a South Carolina man who threw it on the sidewalk early Sunday morning outside of the Albany Houses in Crown Heights.
Police recovered this handgun with its serial number scratched off from a South Carolina man who threw it on the sidewalk early Sunday morning outside of the Albany Houses in Crown Heights.
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CROWN HEIGHTS — A man assaulted a police officer who was trying to arrest him for trying to ditch a loaded gun outside the Albany Houses in Crown Heights this weekend, the NYPD said.

Devon Taylor, 23, of Bennettsville, South Carolina was “visibly intoxicated” and walked away from officers as they approached a group of men who were “dancing in the street to excessively loud music” at St. Mark’s and Albany avenues at 4 a.m. Sunday, police said.

As he left the group, police saw Taylor reach into his waistband and throw a firearm onto the sidewalk. Police recovered the gun, which turned out to be a loaded .38 caliber handgun with the serial number scratched off.

As the officers took Taylor into custody, he tussled with them and spat on a plain clothes sergeant, police said. The sergeant suffered a sprained right elbow and another officer had his kneecap fractured, the NYPD said.

After police took him to the precinct and later as they loaded him into an ambulance for treatment for cuts to his face, court documents said Taylor spot blood on at least three officers.

Two members of the NYPD were treated and released from Wyckoff Height Medical Center following the incident. Taylor was treated at Kings County Hospital.

Taylor was arraigned on nearly 20 charges Monday, including criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and six counts of assault or attempted assault, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. He is being held on $25,000 bond.

This is not the first time Taylor has faced charges in the city. According to court documents, he was convicted of conspiracy in the fourth degree in New York criminal court in March following an arrest last August, though it is not clear for what he was arrested, or where.