Minneapolis police officer has finger bitten off

7:03 AM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis police officer is hospitalized and recovering after a suspect bit part of his finger off during a call Tuesday night.

The injured officer and a number of colleagues were dispatched to a home on the 2400 block of 10th Avenue south on reports of a man experiencing a mental health crisis. When those officers - a male with 10 years experience and a female with 15 years experience - arrived at the home they were immediately attacked by a 54-year-old male suspect.

While fighting with the suspect the male officer had one of his fingers bitten off.

Several other responding officers intervened and had to use force and a taser to subdue the suspect, who was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment. He was then taken to the Hennepin County Jail where he remains awaiting charges.

"These officers serve the citizens of Minneapolis bravely and with compassion every day and this incident is indicative of the dangers all officers face in their work," said Inspector Michael Sullivan, commander of the Third Precinct.

The officer whose finger was bitten off continues treatment for his injury. Police are not releasing his identity, or those of other responding officers until Wednesday.

That is also when the man is expected to be charged with first degree assault. Police say officers have responded to this address multiple times in the past.

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