Police: Suspect in drug-related arrest bit officer's nose while trying to escape

Gainesville Police shared a photo of the injury on Facebook.

A Gainesville police officer is now recovering from a gruesome injury he got while chasing a fleeing suspect.

Gainesville Police shared the photos of the aftermath of a drug-related arrest on Monday night on Facebook.

According to police, 31-year-old Kenton Thompson was being taken into custody when he was able to get free as they tried to handcuff him.

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When the officers caught him, they say he bit one of the officers on the nose - resulting in what police called a serious injury and disfigurement.

The officer had to receive treatment at a nearby hospital.

Thompson is being held at the Hall County Jail after police charged him with aggravated battery, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug-related objects, and felony obstruction.

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