Aransas Pass Police Officer Keith Moore, 21, who joined the police department three months ago, said he pulled over a truck for speeding Wednesday and when he reached into the vehicle to hand the citation to the driver, a monkey jumped up from the back seat and attacked his hand, KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi, Texas, reported Monday.
Moore said it was difficult to explain the situation to his supervisor.
"My sergeant thought I had initially got stung with a bee but it wasn't," Moore said. "I ended up telling him when I was walking back that it was a monkey that came out of nowhere."
The incident was caught on Moore's police-issue video camera.
"He's got a monkey and it attacked my hand. I'm not even kidding," Moore can be heard telling the sergeant on the recording.
Police said they determined the monkey was a professional primate trained for appearances at carnivals and festivals. The driver was not penalized for the attack on the officer's hand.