Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson taken to hospital after being bitten by man accused in domestic violence situation

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) – Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson was injured Thursday evening while responding to a domestic assault he witnessed in progress.

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office reports the male involved in the assault was identified as 23-year-old Gregory Mathis.

Sheriff’s deputies say Mathis attacked Sheriff Watson when he tried intervening in order to stop the assault.

During the scuffle, deputies say Mathis struck Sheriff Watson numerous times, attempted to strangle Sheriff Watson with his necktie, and started to bite him.

During the struggle Cleveland Police Department officers arrived to assist Sheriff Watson, and they all eventually took Mathis into custody.

Sheriff Watson is still being evaluated at Tennova Medical Center due to injuries obtained during the scuffle.

Deputies report several bite marks and various contusions.

Two Cleveland Police Department officers, Officer Chris Allen and Officer Kyle Walker, received minor injuries as well.

Officer Chris Allen has been treated by medical personnel for a broken nose while Officer Kyle Walker was treated for some abrasions.

Both of these officers have been release from the hospital.

Mathis has been charged with domestic assault, DUI, two counts of aggravated assault and simple assault.

Sheriff Watson released this statement to the public:

“I want the citizens of Cleveland/Bradley County to know that I am in good spirits, and I appreciate all the calls, texts, and emails that have been received through my office. Although I’m currently being treated for my injuries I’m still in command of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. One of the oaths that I took while being sworn in as your Sheriff was to protect and serve this great community. Today’s incident is just an example of what any officer can encounter on a daily basis. My intervening actions to disrupt that assault is what every man or woman that wears the badge is willing to do when faced with that situation. I want to personally thank my deputies that responded to the scene along with Cleveland Police Department and Charleston Police Department. Also, I want to extend my gratitude towards the firemen and Bradley County Ems who responded to the scene in order to render me medical attention.”

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