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Aug 3, 2011 4:36 PM by AP

Man accused of assaulting federal officer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 48-year-old LaPlace man has been arrested after he allegedly tried to remove a service weapon from the holster of a uniformed federal officer outside the federal building in New Orleans.

David W. Welker, special agent in charge of the New Orleans Division of the FBI, said Wednesday that William Goetzee was arrested Tuesday morning and booked on a charge of assault of a federal officer.

According to a news release, Goetzee approached the officer, assigned to the Federal Protective Service within the Department of Homeland Security, and reached for the officer's service weapon. After a struggle, the FBI says the officer and an ATF agent nearby subdued Goetzee and handcuffed him.

Goetzee was scheduled for an initial court appearance late Wednesday.

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