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A man who had fallen down a flight of stairs in north Lincoln slashed and stuck a police officer with a needle Tuesday night, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The 27-year-old man’s family called 911 at 10 p.m. after he fell at their home in the 5000 block of Bunker Hill Road and was lying unconscious at the bottom of the steps, Officer Angela Sands said.

The man was drunk and had been injured in the fall, she said.

When police and rescue crews arrived, the man regained consciousness and was combative with medical crews who gave him a sedative as officers restrained him, Sands said.

He grabbed the used syringe from a paramedic and stuck the needle into an officer’s arm, cutting his skin, she said.

The man was taken to a local hospital, and police plan to arrest him on suspicion of second-degree assault on an officer when he is released, she said.

The officer also was treated at a hospital and is going through police protocol for a significant exposure.

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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