Two Rockville Centre police officers who responded to a domestic dispute were injured Wednesday night when a woman attacked them, authorities said.
“The female went off on them and they weren’t ready for it,” village police Commissioner Chuck Gennario said. “They were trying to use the minimum amount of force, and she was using the maximum amount of force.
“She was kicking and swinging and biting. It was a mess,” Gennario said.
Both officers were being treated for minor bruising and sprains at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, with one officer suffering a knee injury and the other back and shoulder injuries, Gennario said.
Police on Wednesday night were preparing second-degree assault and other charges against the woman, 24, whose name was not released. She is expected to be arraigned Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead.
The officers had been called to a Plymouth Road home about 8:15 p.m. by someone who reported hearing loud shouting there, authorities said.
Rockville Centre police said investigators late Wednesday were trying to piece together what happened and why the woman attacked.
Domestic incidents are known to be some of the most dangerous calls for police officers, Gennario said. People who call police often don’t know arrests may be likely if the victim’s injuries are apparent and some victims will even fight to stop an arrest, police said.
Gennario said the attack took the two officers out of commission for part of the night, leaving the police department, which has 52 officers covering 26,000 residents, temporarily shorthanded.