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An alleged burglar found inside the Botanical Conservatory on Friday night tried to disarm a police detective during a struggle, according to court papers.

At 9 p.m., the detective and a police captain responded to a report of alarm at the conservatory at Calhoun Street and West Jefferson Boulevard. Inside, they heard a pounding noise coming from an office, and the detective spotted a man running from a room, court papers stated.

The detective pointed his gun at the man, later identified as Darrell Carter, and ordered him to the floor, but Carter grabbed the gun and they struggled over it. Carter had his hands over the trigger guard, so the detective could not fire a shot, court papers stated.

The captain came to the detective’s aid, and the two officers tried to subdue Carter. During a scuffle, the captain tore a tendon in his left ring finger, court papers stated.

Carter broke away from the officers but was quickly caught. Police determined he had been trying to crack the conservatory’s safe using pry bars, screwdrivers and a hammer, court papers said.

In a police interview, he denied knowing that the detective was an officer. He also denied that the detective had pointed his gun at him and that he had tried to take the gun, according to court papers.

Carter, 46, of the 3000 block of Bowser Avenue, was preliminarily charged Monday with burglary, disarming a law enforcement officer and two counts of resisting law enforcement. He was being held without bail at the Allen County Lockup because of a warrant for him in Vanderburgh County.