Man Bites Officer in North Hollywood Altercation

A report of a man yelling at patrons in the NoHo Arts District led to a confrontation involving officers

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    An officer was bitten while responding to a report of a man disturbing patrons at a theater and other businesses in North Hollywood. A stun gun was used on the man, but officers said it had "zero effect." Jacob Rascon reports live for Today in LA on Monday, March 24, 2014. (Published Monday, Mar 24, 2014)

    An officer who responded to a report of a man disturbing visitors to the North Hollywood Arts District was bitten as he and other officers attempted to detain the man.

    The man was disturbing patrons at a theater and other businesses in North Hollywood, according to police. At about 10 p.m., officers found the man on busy Lankershim Boulevard (map), where security officers said the man was yelling at visitors and employees.

    The man resisted officers and bit one of them as they attempted to take him into custody, police said. The stun gun officers used on the man had "zero effect," police said.

    "The fight resulted in them taking him down in the street," said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Mike Kammert.

    A witness described what happened after more officers were called to the location, a neighborhood of residences, restaurants and theaters.

    "There were about 10 cops on top of this guy tryig to get in subdued," said the witness, who asked to be identified only as Tony.

    The officer was hospitalized with minor injuries.

    The man involved in the struggle was hospitalized. Details regarding his condition were not immediately available.

    Lankershim Boulevard was closed during the investigation, but reopened early Monday morning.

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