ALOHA, Ore. (KOIN) — A Washington County sheriff’s deputy had the tip of his index finger bitten off while responding to a domestic violence call in the early hours of Monday.
Deputies were called the Belleau Woods Apartments, 14960 SW Tracy Ann Court, around 3 a.m. because a man was assaulting his pregnant girlfriend. When they arrived, several uncooperative family members tried to push the deputies out, authorities said.
As deputies were trying to detain the suspect, Erik Rodriguez-Reyes, 24, he spit at them and bit two of them.
Rodriguez-Reyes allegedly bit the tip off one deputy’s left index finger. That deputy was taken to the hospital for treatment. He was treated and released by mid-morning, officials said, and is home resting.
The other deputy was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Also, Rodriguez-Reyes’ girlfriend suffered minor injuries.
Rodriguez-Reyes faces an array of charges: 2nd-degree assault, 2 counts of assaulting a public safety officer, coercion, 2nd-degree kidnapping, 5 counts of aggravated harassment, harassment and resisting arrest.
Francisco Rodriguez-Estrada, 42, the father of the suspect, was also arrested. He is charged with 3 counts of harassment, interfering with a peace office and resisting arrest.
“Domestic violence cases are almost always the most dangerous because there’s oftentimes substances involved,” Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Talbot told KOIN 6 News. “People are very volatile and emotional about their relationships, so deputies take a a lot of care and a lot of training for how they respond to these cases.”