Man arrested for assaulting Vernon police officers


VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) — A Massachusetts man was arrested on Tuesday after resisting police officers, and biting one officer on the hand.

Vernon Police responded to a call from a mother who was having trouble controlling her adult son at the Walgreen’s at 188 Union Street.

When officers arrived, they found 30-year-old Matthew Gibson wand his mother, who were traveling to the southern part of Connecticut from Massachusetts.

Officers were told that Gibson was mentally unstable and was not taking his medications. He had taken his mother’s keys and cell phone and would not give them back.

When police tried to talk to Gibson, he quickly tried to walk away. Gibson then threw an officer on the ground after he attempted to detain him.

Police say he continued to put up a fight, even after being tasered. While several officers tried to handcuff Gibson, he bit the same officer he threw to the ground on the hand.

The officer was brought to Rockville General Hospital and was treated and released the same evening.

Gibson was also taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

He was placed under arrest and charged with Assault on a Police Officer and Breach of Peace.

Gibson is still at Rockville Hospital under police custody on a $50,000 bond. He is scheduled in court on Wednesday.