An officer was hospitalized after a man who was ordered into custody at the Miami-Dade courthouse Monday became violent and bit the officer, officials said.
The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Jodel Leveille, was attending a hearing at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building at 1351 Northwest 12th Street when a judge ordered that he be detained, Miami-Dade Police officials said.
That's when Leveille became upset and bit the officer, who was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, officials said.
The officer appeared to have a bandage on his arm but the extent of his injuries was unknown.
"There was a man who bit an officer and he took out a chunk of meat from his right, or left hand, and he was bleeding," witness Jonathan Berdomo said. "They called in, they grabbed the dude and they tied him down and they put a bag over his face and they escorted him out of the courtroom."
Footage showed Leveille handcuffed and shouting profanities while being escorted out of court by a group of officers.
Leveille faces several additional charges, including aggravated battery on law enforcement and resisting officer with violence.