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HOUMA, La. – Louisiana authorities are searching for a woman accused of biting off a portion of a police officer’s ear during a Friday night bar fight.

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According to WVUE, the Houma Police Department responded to a fight involving several women in the parking lot of Joni B’s Bar.

Investigators continued searching on Tuesday for 36-year-old Michelle Smith, whom officers said bit a portion of the officer’s right ear completely off as he attempted to break up the scuffle, WBRZ reported.

Smith fled the scene before she could be arrested, and the Houma police are actively seeking the public’s help in bringing her to justice, WVUE reported.

According to WBRZ, the officer was transported to an area medical facility, where he is currently recovering from surgery.

Smith is facing one count of second-degree battery, the TV station reported.