CORPUS CHRISTI — A fight that started with a man trying to run over his live-in girlfriend outside the couple’s mobile home early Sunday ended with him biting off the tip of an officer’s finger, police said.
Officers responded about 1:24 a.m. to a disturbance call at the 3400 block of Saratoga Blvd. and found a 30-year-old woman who said her live-in boyfriend tried to run her over moments before while she was standing on the home’s wooden front steps, said Cmdr. David Torres.
The boyfriend, 27-year-old Lawrence Benavidez, called his girlfriend while officers were at the scene and told an officer that he was going to kill all of them and wanted his girlfriend out of the house. Officers convinced Benavidez to return, arrested him and put him in the back of a patrol car.
While in the back, he flew into a rage and tried to kick out a window, Torres said. The two officers tried to pepper spray him, but Benavidez bit the officer on the forearm. When the second officer tried to pull Benavidez off his partner, the man bit his ring finger, taking off the top quarter-inch. Benavidez reached for the officer’s handgun and finally was stopped after a struggle and being pepper-sprayed.
The officer bit on the finger was wearing a latex glove which trapped the tip from falling to the ground, but doctors were unable to reattach it, Torres said. Benavide suffered deep cuts and bruises.