A 43-year-old man with a criminal record is facing charges after allegedly biting off a portion of a police officer’s ear during a recent traffic stop.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, November 14, as Marcus Johnson and a female passenger were observed by an officer in a 2002 Ford F-150 around 5 a.m. Upon checking the vehicle’s tags, the officer discovered they were registered to a different car.
According to reports from WREG-TV, Johnson discarded a brown leather pouch and provided the officer with car information that failed to confirm his identity. Approaching Johnson, the officer attempted to apprehend him, leading to a violent struggle.
During the altercation, Johnson allegedly strangled the officer and inflicted severe injuries by biting off a portion of his right ear. Johnson reportedly assaulted the officer by striking him multiple times in the face and stomach, even managing to remove the officer’s holster to access his gun and Taser.
Eventually, the officer managed to take Johnson into custody and recover the leather pouch. Subsequent searches of the pouch revealed marijuana, fentanyl, methamphetamine, ecstasy, and Xanax.
Both Johnson and the officer were transported to a hospital for treatment. Further investigations revealed that Johnson had been driving with a revoked license and lacked proof of insurance.
The district attorney’s office highlighted Johnson’s prior felony drug charges from a 2022 case and advocated for the revocation of his bond. In response, the judge not only revoked Johnson’s bond in the 2022 case but also increased it to $500,000 for the attempted second-degree murder charge stemming from the recent assault on the officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy expressed concern, stating, “This defendant has already proved he can’t be trusted. I’m glad the judge agreed.” Johnson is currently held in the Shelby County Jail on multiple charges, including possession of a substance with intent to sell, criminal impersonation, attempted second-degree murder, resisting officials retention, driving while license suspended, violation of financial law, and violation of vehicle registration.