After McHugh, 29, was released from the jail in the city's Public Safety Building Tuesday morning, he went to the offices of the Atlantic City police on the building's fourth floor. When confronted by officers, he grabbed a fire extinguisher from a wall and sprayed them before he was wrestled to the ground, police said.
Prior to the incident, McHugh was arrested on two charges of disorderly conduct for allegedly scaring and chasing children on a street, and later allegedly stealing items from a convenience store, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Wednesday.
McHugh was removed from Penn State's football team in 2003 for public drunkenness, the newspaper noted.
He faces charges in the Public Safety Building incident of aggravated assault on police, resisting arrest, possession of a destructive device and related offenses.