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North Olmsted officer injured after suspect attempted to lunge, steal officer's service weapon

The suspect told police that she was pregnant, which led to officers handcuffing her in front of her body. The woman then attempted to lunge at an officer's gun.

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — Editor's Note: *Viewer discretion advised for the video above and below*

A North Olmsted police officer is recovering today after an encounter with a violent suspect inside of the Walmart on Brookpark Road Tuesday afternoon. 

According to officials, officers responded around 2 p.m. for a report of theft with two suspects being identified and held inside of the store.

44-year-old Alexander Michalewicz and 35-year-old Britney Bullington, both of Cleveland, were accused of attempting to steal from the North Olmsted Walmart, and an initial search of Michalewicz found a homemade "zip gun." 

The 44-year-old man was transported to a patrol vehicle to be held while Bullington, who told officers that she was pregnant, was handcuffed in front of her body- a common practice used in policing when a suspect is pregnant. 

While one of the officers was collecting property, Bullington lunged for the officer's gun. The officer and the woman fought for control of the weapon. During this incident, a second officer was gouged in the face several times by the female suspect. It was discovered later by police that Bullington had provided officers with her sister's identification, saying she was 40-year-old Brandi Bullington.

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The officer, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital and treated for their injuries. 

The woman later admitted to North Olmsted police officials that she was not pregnant. 

At this time, both Michalewicz and Bullington have been charged with Robbery and are being held for court. Additional charges are pending as officers located a significant amount of suspected methamphetamine that was located in the suspect vehicle. 

No other information is available at this time. 

This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates. 

You can watch surveillance video from Walmart of the incident in the player below. *Viewer discretion advised* 


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