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Woman faces charges after allegedly biting police officer

By Mike Anderson | Posted - Jul 29th, 2013 @ 6:27pm

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SYRACUSE — A woman is facing several legal charges after a violent run-in with Syracuse police Friday evening.

Police said the 22-year-old Kelli Lynn Sullivan kicked, spit on and bit officers as they tried to break up an argument over a love triangle.

The incident happened next door to the Syracuse Police Department at a Maverik convenience store. Police said Sullivan showed up to confront an employee about her involvement with a boyfriend and the situation escalated.

As witnesses started to call police, Sullivan tried to leave. She was stopped by a friend of the victim.

"He went out, got in his car, and blocked her in. She rammed his car several times, causing damage," Syracuse police Chief Garret Atkin said.

As officers arrived, Sullivan became even more aggressive, police said.

She was very belligerent, hostile toward the officer.

–Police Chief Garret Atkins

"She was very belligerent, hostile toward the officer," Atkins said.

Officials said Sullivan refused to get out of her car. When they went to pull her out she allegedly attempted to head-butt the officers.

"She bit one of my officers four times," Atkins said. "Drew blood with the bites. Purposely scratched one of the officers."

Atkins said the struggle didn't stop there. Sullivan allegedly tried to grab one of the officer's Tasers and pull it out of the holster as he was starting to place handcuffs on her.

Atkins said the situation was unusual, but he's proud of the way his officers handled it. Both officers only sustained minor injuries in the incident.

Sullivan faces several charges including assaulting a police officer.


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