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North Carolina man faces charges after biting deputy during arrest


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Authorities in McDowell County in North Carolina on Wednesday charged a man with biting a deputy during his arrest, among other offenses.

MPs first responded to a riot on April 30 at a residence in Nebo. Upon arrival, deputies found Kenneth Allan Styles, 44, at the scene and determined he had tried to force his way into the occupied residence “several times”.

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Styles was combative and bit a deputy during his arrest. The MP was later treated for his injuries.

“Great work from our deputies. Unfortunately, sometimes we hurt ourselves trying to protect others and that’s what happened here,” Sheriff Ricky Buchanan said in a statement. “MPs risk injury and death with every call they answer and every stop they make.”

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Deputy Robert Watson of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Styles with first-degree burglary, assault of a law enforcement officer with bodily harm, resisting a public officer, possession of paraphernalia drug use and damage to personal property.

Styles is being held on a guaranteed bond of $267,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

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