A New York City police officer lost a significant chunk of his middle finger during a fight with a suspect Friday evening, according to authorities.
As the New York Daily News reported, the ordeal began at around 5 p.m. when police were called to Brooklyn neighborhood of Canarsie in response to a reported disturbance.
Officers reportedly found 34-year-old Ainsley Johnson, whom they suspected of breaking a man’s car windows and smashing his mailbox.
The suspect reportedly has an existing relationship with local police, having been arrested 12 times over the past decade. Previous convictions include attempted sexual battery.
He has also been arrested on suspicion of crimes including rape, resisting arrest and criminal trespass.
Shortly after Johnson arrived at the precinct for booking, he allegedly attacked a 24-year-old officer attempting to handcuff him.
One police report indicated Johnson took a bite of the officer’s finger, removing it “from nail to tip” and swallowing it.
Both men involved were rushed to area hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in the fight.
According to the New York Post, Officer Michael Hawk was left with a gaping wound and exposed bone following the bite.
In court for an arraignment Saturday, the suspect was placed in custody with bail set at $75,000, or $150,000 bond.
Though his fingertip was never recovered, Hawk reportedly emerged from emergency surgery and was recovering in the hospital as of the latest updates available Saturday.
[Featured image: Ainsley Johson/New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services]