A south suburban Hazel Crest man has been charged after he allegedly bit a Chicago Police officer in the chest during a fight outside Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse in the Near North Side Gold Coast neighborhood Sunday night, police said.
Fernando Cooper, 31, of the 18100 block of South Kedzie Avenue in Hazel Crest, was charged at 8:15 p.m. Monday with attempting to disarm a peace officer and aggravated battery to a peace officer, both of which are felonies. He was also charged with three counts of misdemeanor resisting arrest and cited with a city violation for panhandling in a prohibited manner, according to police.
About 9:30 p.m. Sunday, the off-duty officer became involved in a dispute with Cooper outside Gibsons, 1028 N. Rush St., according to a police report.
Near North District officers who were already in the area saw a disturbance and a struggle, during which the officer identified himself as police but Cooper allegedly continued to refuse “verbal commands,’’ and bit the officer, prompting responding officers to deploy a chemical spray at Cooper, the report said.
The officer suffered swelling and cuts to eye along with a severe bite to the nipple.
An ambulance transported the officer to North-western Memorial Hospital where he was treated by a doctor who later said the victim lost a body part because of severe damage from the bite, according to the report.
Cooper suffered cuts and bruising to the face area and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment, the report said.
During the struggle, Cooper allegedly grabbed the officer's holster, according to the report. After several attempts, he was eventually placed into custody.