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Man bites Melbourne officers, police say

Officers undergo medical tests

File photo from Florida Today.
File photo from Florida Today.

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Two Melbourne police officers were given a battery of medical tests as a precaution following a fight with a suspected car burglar that left them with several deep bites during an arrest, authorities said.

According to News 6 partner Florida Today, both officers are in good condition and the 46-year-old suspect, Guy Robert Hepworth, of Merritt Island, was taken into custody.

Hepworth, whose mug shot snapped at the Brevard County Jail Complex shows several facial bruises, was charged with burglary of a conveyance, resisting with violence and theft following a police investigation into reports of a car burglary in the 2100 block of Wickham Road.

“It’s a miserable part of the job, but it is a part of the job,” said Cmdr. Dan Lynch of the Melbourne Police Department. “Two of our officers were told a person had broken into a car. The officers found the man and got into a fight. The suspect just wanted to fight and they got hurt."

The incident happened about 11:30 p.m. Monday.

The officers, identified as Luke Dummer and Matthew Miller, struggled with Hepworth, even deploying a Taser at one point. Police said Hepworth appeared to resist the Taser's effects and continued to fight, biting down on them hard enough to puncture the skin. The officers managed to subdue Hepworth, handcuffing him, police said.

Hepworth was later booked into the Brevard County Jail Complex in Sharpes.

The officers later went to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne for medical follow-ups on the bites as a precaution, Lynch said.