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Woman accused of biting Fredericksburg police officer

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A woman who was in an argument with her roommate is accused of latching onto a responding police officer with her teeth and refusing to let go.

The police officer suffered a fractured hand in the incident, Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said, and also had to get stitches.

The incident occurred about 10 p.m. Sunday at the Townsend Square Apartments complex off U.S. 1 in the city.

Officer Corey Dobson responded to help settle a dispute between the suspect and her male roommate, who wanted her out of the apartment.

Bledsoe said that while Dobson was talking to the man, the suspect kept yelling, screaming and trying to get between the two of them. At one point, police say, she pushed the officer aside by elbowing him, then screamed in his face.

Police said the woman kept resisting as Dobson tried to arrest her for obstruction of justice. At some point, police said, she bit Dobson on the left hand and clamped down until he was finally able to get her off him with his other hand. Other officers arrived a short time later and got the suspect in handcuffs.

Shenita Michelle Brower, 36, is charged with malicious assault on a law-enforcement officer and has other charges pending. She was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond after first being taken to a hospital to be tested for infectious diseases.

The code section under which Brower is charged calls for a prison term of up to 30 years and a mandatory minimum of two years if convicted.

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