NEW YORK — A 36-year-old man is accused of assaulting a police officer and trying to grab her gun at a Staten Island hospital before another patient intervened.

Authorities say the attack played out while Dante Martin was being guarded by an officer Sunday morning at Richmond University Medical Center after he had been charged with a weapons offense.

Investigators say Martin threw the officer to the ground and grabbed her gun. That’s when 42-year-old Rafael Muniz says he heard the officer’s scream and grabbed Martin’s arm.

Muniz says he was able to convince Martin to let go of the gun.

Martin now faces charges including attempted murder, assault and attempted escape. It’s unclear if he has an attorney who could comment on the charges.

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