Cops: Fugitive Chewed Off His Fingertips

Kirk Kelly accused of tampering with ... his fingers
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2016 3:00 PM CST
Kirk Kelly.   (Tallmadge Police)

(Newser) – A fugitive chewed off his own fingertips—or at least the skin covering them—after being arrested at an Ohio traffic stop last Sunday, police say. Officers in Tallmadge, Ohio, apparently pulled over Kirk Kelly and several others and placed them in a cruiser after smelling drugs in their vehicle, NBC Miami reports. The Florida fugitive allegedly gave false names, but was identified when Florida police sent photos of his tattoos. When Kelly heard officers planning to identify him with a handheld fingerprint identifier, he apparently chewed the skin off his fingertips, per Previously wanted on drug and firearm charges, Kelly has been jailed on felony counts including evidence tampering. Police say they've linked handguns sold by Kelly to 15 Florida homicides. (Read more arrest stories.)

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