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Off-Duty Police Officer Assaults Conductor on J Train, NYPD Says

By  Aidan Gardiner and Kathleen Culliton | September 14, 2016 12:14pm | Updated on September 14, 2016 3:57pm

MANHATTAN — An MTA conductor was assaulted by an off-duty NYPD officer aboard a downtown J train in the Delancey Street-Essex Street station Wednesday morning, sparking panic among morning commuters, police said.

The conductor was exiting her cab when her door smacked off-duty officer Tremel Davis, 33, as the train was pulling out of the station about 9:13 a.m., the NYPD said.

The two start arguing and the conductor pulled the emergency brake, according to sources and MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz.

Then the officer knocked the conductor to the ground, causing her to injure her arm, sources said.

She was treated for a minor injury at Beth Israel hospital, an FDNY spokeswoman said. 

A second person was also treated for minor injuries there, the spokesman said. It wasn't immediately clear how they were connected to the incident. 

Davis was taken into custody at 9:40 a.m. and charged with one count of assault, police said.

The incident sparked pandemonium on crowded subway cars stuck in the station.

There were "extensive delays" affecting both the J and M lines afterwards, according to the MTA's website.

Riders complained about overcrowding and severe delays on social media.

Both J and M trains were disrupted earlier in the morning by a train with mechanical problems at Marcy Avenue, officials said.