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Unsavory Character: Colorado Man ‘Bit Through’ and Spit Out Officer’s Finger During Arrest: Affidavit

Colorado Man Accused of Biting Off Officer's Finger During Arrest
Source: Denver Police Department; Unsplash

Tyron Brooks was being detained for a domestic violence incident when he reportedly bit off an officer's finger, police said.

Feb. 8 2024, Published 4:01 p.m. ET

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A man in Colorado has been arrested after he allegedly bit off a police officer’s finger and spit it back, law enforcement officials said.

Around 1 p.m. on Feb. 3, police responded to an alley behind a bar in Denver after receiving a report of a domestic violence incident, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by WJTV.

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There, police observed a man — later identified as 48-year-old Tyron Brooks — who was in a “fight stance” and yelling at a “terrified” woman, officials said.

Officers tried to speak with the woman, but Brooks allegedly told them she “could not talk to them.”

The officers then attempted told the victim to approach them, but Brooks allegedly interfered. When police asked the victim if she needed help, Brooks allegedly forcefully placed his hand over her mouth to stop her from responding, the affidavit states.

The officers tried to detain Brooks for the woman's safety, and they brought Brooks to the ground.

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Brooks, who was facedown, flipped onto his back, turned towards one of the arresting officers and “opened his mouth” and “intentionally bit through” the officer’s finger, “amputating the distal portion” of his finger, police wrote in the affidavit.

Brooks then “turned his head and spit the amputated portion of [the officer’s] finger out of his mouth,” according to the document.


Police were then able to get Brooks under control, and they placed him under arrest.

The officer was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released, authorities said.

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Brooks was charged with two counts of disturbing the peace, and one count each of threats to injure a person or property, and felony second-degree assault on a police officer. He was also charged with outstanding warrants for extortion and obstructing police.


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