Washington County deputy’s fingertip bitten off

Deputies were responding to domestic violence incident

Erik Rodriguez-Reyes. (WCSO)

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.

A deputy had the tip of his finger bitten off at the Belleau Woods Apartments, October 23 2017. (KOIN)

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.

Francisco Rodriguez-Estrada, October 23, 2017 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Francisco Rodriguez-Estrada, October 23, 2017 (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

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.”

A deputy had the tip of his finger bitten off at the Belleau Woods Apartments, October 23 2017. (KOIN)
A deputy had the tip of his finger bitten off at the Belleau Woods Apartments, October 23 2017. (KOIN)