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January 20, 2010
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Suspect in Chicago bites off officer's nipple

Doctor says damage is severe

Chicago Sun Times

CHICAGO — An off-duty Chicago Police officer lost a nipple Sunday while trying to arrest a 31-year-old Hazel Crest man outside Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse in the Gold Coast, police said.

About 9:30 p.m., the officer tried to apprehend the Hazel Crest man, who allegedly had been involved in a battery at 1028 N. Rush, the restaurant's address, police said.

The off-duty cop identified himself as a police officer, but the man refused commands, struggled to get away, tried to grab the officer's holster and bit the officer's nipple, police said.

In addition to a severe nipple wound, the officer also suffered swelling and cuts to his eye.

Near North officers who were near the altercation used chemical spray on the man and took him into custody, police said. The suspect suffered cuts and bruising to his face and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Charges were still pending late Monday.

The officer was taken to Northwest Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. A Northwestern doctor said severe damage from the bite caused the officer to loose a body part, according to a police report.

Copyright 2010 Chicago Sun-Times, Inc.

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