Man 'off meds' accused of attacking officer in Vernon - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Man 'off meds' accused of attacking officer in Vernon

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Vernon police. (WFSB file photo) Vernon police. (WFSB file photo)

A man from Massachusetts is accused of throwing and biting an officer who responded to a call for help at a pharmacy in Vernon Tuesday night.

Police said the mother of 30-year-old Matthew Gibson, of Natick, MA, requested a 911 call because her son was "mentally unstable" and off his medications.

Both Gibson and his mother had no ties to the state, but were traveling to southern Connecticut. They stopped briefly in Vernon.

Officers said they tried to speak with Gibson, who had stolen his mother's keys and cell phone.

However, Gibson began walking away.

Police said they tried to detain him, but he threw an officer, which caused the officer to strike a parked car and the ground.

Gibson then ran across traffic to a neighboring business and fell into a bush.

Police said he continued to fight with them and was eventually shocked by a Taser.

It took several officers to handcuff Gibson.

While struggling, police said Gibson bit the hand of the same officer he'd thrown.

The officer was brought to Rockville General Hospital where he was treated and released.

Gibson was treated at the same hospital for minor injuries.

He was charged with assault on a police officer and breach of peace.

Police said he remains at Rockville hospital in police custody on a $50,000 bond.

Gibson was scheduled to be arraigned in court on Wednesday.

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