Domestic-assault suspect bites New Westminster police officer

Human bites can be as dangerous or even more dangerous than animal bites, according to the Mayo Clinic

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      Sometimes, policing can be dangerous work.

      That was demonstrated in New Westminster after officers pursued a suspect suspected of domestic assault

      When they detained him on Tuesday (November 23) afternoon in the 700 block of 6th Street, he turned snarly.

      According to the NWPD, the suspect bit one officer in the arm and spat in another officer's face.

      He's facing three charges: assault, assaulting a police officer causing bodily harm, and obstructing a police officer.

      “It’s difficult to put my feelings into words knowing someone hurt my colleagues when they were just doing their job,” Sgt. Sanjay Kumar said in an NWPD news release. “This individual’s actions showed disregard for the safety of the victim and our members.”

      Victim-assistance unit services have been offered to the domestic-abuse sufferer.

      Beware of human bites

      Human bites can be as dangerous or even more dangerous than animal bites, according to the Mayo Clinic.

      That's because of the types of bacteria and viruses inside people's mouths. It can include syphilis, HIV, or strains of hepatitis.

      The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons advises people to see a doctor within 24 hours of being bitten by a human if the skin is broken.

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