Police: Man bites firefighter, other man becomes abusive

Police: Man bites firefighter, other man becomes abusive

PORTLAND, Ore. - A man who firefighters tried to assist Tuesday night bit one rescuer and another man was abusive towards the fire crew, Portland police said.

The incident began just before 7:30 p.m. in the 5800 block of SE Ogden Street when Portland Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a call of a person suffering from possible alcohol poisoning.

When crews arrived, they began to treat a 19-year-old man but police said he then bit a firefighter on the leg. The firefighters was not seriously injured.

Firefighter strapped the unidentified "thrashing man" to a gurney and called police for assistance.

But police said other people arrived at the residence and one man, Jeremy Michael Coffin, 36, was "verbally abusive" towards the firefighters who were trying to assist the other man.

Police said Coffin locked fire crews inside the residence as they were trying to get police assistance and would not let anyone leave. Police said Coffin eventually unlocked the door.

Coffin was taken into custody and taken to to the Multnomah County Jail for interfering with a firefighter.

The other man was taken to a hospital for alcohol poisoning and a possible drug overdose. Police did not say if faces any charges for biting the firefighter.

Police said Coffin may face additional charges.