NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- Police say a man bit off a part of his boyfriend's ear during an argument over a car.

Just before 2 a.m. on June 4, police were dispatched to the home located in the 800 block of 14th Street for a domestic assault call.

Police say 34-year-old Lionel Carrington told officers that he was hit in the face by his boyfriend during the argument.

When officers spoke to the boyfriend, they reportedly learned that Carrington bit off a part of his ear. A relative took the 26-year-old man to the hospital.

Carrington was taken into custody. Warrants were obtained for malicious wounding.

Because of the nature of the call, a protective warrant was also obtained.