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Father Of Man Who Bit 3 Officers Defends Son

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MERIDIAN TWP., Mich. (WLNS) - The father of the man accused of biting three officers, sending them to the hospital, is speaking out exclusively to 6 News.

It happened around 2:50p.m. Sunday, December 8 in the 1500 block of West Pond Drive, off of Grand River Avenue in Okemos. Three officers struggled with Ronald Ruhl II, 26, while he resisted and fought naked.

Bostic & Associates, Ruhl's lawyer, says he was acting in self defense. The lawyer says "claims that he 'attacked' police officers are false." Ruhl was arrested by Meridian Township Police and was taken to the hospital.

His father, also Ronald Ruhl, says he is an honorably discharged Air Force veteran who suffers from post-tramautic stress disorder. Ronald Senior says it was  comination of that, plus the loss of his childhood best friend and mother that made him act the way he did.

"I believe he has no idea that he has even, that there were even police officers. And I think if somebody had you down, beating on you, your fearing for your life," said Ruhl.

Medical reports showed he was not under the influence of PCP (Phencyclidine). They concluded that Ruhl's physical condition did not support the conclusion that he was on PCP. "His blood and urine analyses confirm that he was not under the influence of any unlawful controlled substance," says Bostic & Associates.

Ruhl's father said just before Sunday's incident, his son was writing a card to a woman who had just received a bone marrow donation from Ronnie. He traveled all the way to Washington D.C. because he was considered a match.

"he didn't want to be acknowleged, that he was trying to help somebody, he just wanted, he just wanted to help somebody," said Ronald Senior.

Ruhl is currently recovering from his injuries, but it is not known when he will be able to leave the hospital.

Bostic & Associates says, "the Meridian Township police improperly handled this event as drug related when it was clear that it was a medical and mental health issue." According to the statement, "Bostic & Associates is also investigating another unrelated case involving the Meridian Township Police improperly reacting to a claimed mental health incident."

Ruhl is scheduled for both his pre-examination conference and preliminary examination next week.

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