Orlando cops: Felon bites chunk out of officer's arm after gun misfired

Orlando SentinelJuly 21, 2013 

ORLANDO -- The fight began almost as soon as an Orlando police officer pulled over a car with faulty taillights.

It ended after Akil Asim Horsford's gun malfunctioned and he took a bite out of an officer's arm.

Horsford, 23, began arguing when officers ordered the felon out of the sedan parked near an apartment complex after they detected a strong smell of marijuana late Wednesday, according to a police report.

Horsford, police said, pulled out a gun, pointed it at an officer and pulled the trigger. It misfired.

But the fight continued with Horsford biting the officer and brushing off stun-gun blasts.

Eventually, cops subdued the man and charged him with a slew of crimes, including attempted murder of a law-enforcement officer.

He's an ex-convict who served time for armed burglary, aggravated battery and molesting a teenager younger than 16 years old.

The traffic stop happened just before 11 p.m. and quickly turned into a fight with Horsford attacking Officer Brian Wood, police said.

Horsford "pushed off of Officer Wood's shoulder and took flight" with the officer close enough behind to zap the man with a Taser without it having any effect, a report said.

Upon catching and knocking Horsford to the ground, Wood found himself facing possible death.

"The defendant rolled to his back, pointed a black pistol at Officer Wood and pulled the trigger," the arrest report stated. "However, the handgun malfunctioned."

No cheap handgun prone to misfiring, the pistol turned out to be a P250 SIG Sauer that the National Rifle Association previously designated "tactical handgun of the year."

As the fight continued, Wood zapped Horsford a second time and tried to snatch away the gun as they wrestled on the ground.

Upon pinning Horsford, the officer tried to draw his own gun only to have Horsford bite a chunk out of his forearm and break free again.

Officer Bradley Miglio, Wood's partner, caught and knocked the man down. But Horsford wouldn't give up.

Despite being hit repeatedly with a metal night-stick, Horsford tried to knock down both officers by kicking their legs and punching them.

A third discharge of the Taser briefly stunned him. But after the 5-secondshock ended, Horsford continued fighting until more officers arrived and subdued him.

Police charged Horsford with attempted first-degree murder of a law-enforcement officer with a firearm, aggravated battery on a law-enforcement officer and aggravated assault on a law-enforcement officer with a firearm.

He was also charged with two counts of battery on a law-enforcement officer, possession of a firearm in a commission of a felony, possession of a concealed firearm, two counts of resisting a law-enforcement officer without violence and two counts of resisting a law-enforcement officer with violence.

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