An officer patrolling an East Harlem housing project was seriously injured early Sunday morning after approaching several people allegedly smoking marijuana. Police say the unidentified 26-year-old officer, a year-and-a-half veteran, was with her partner patrolling the Clinton Houses near Park Avenue and East 104th Street at about 1:30 a.m. when they confronted the "potheads," as the Daily News describes them.

After the officers approached the group, a scuffle ensued, and one man punched the officer in the face, "taking out several teeth and breaking several others," according to the Post. "Two men came running out from behind the building, they were wearing black, that's all I could see. Within minutes there were cops everywhere," one witness tells the News. "The one cop was holding a tissue to her mouth as two other cops walked her to a van."

EMTs "were able to recover bits of the officer's broken teeth at the scene," one source tells the News. An NYPD spokesperson tells us the officer has since been released from the hospital but no arrests have been made at this time. The assault was not caught on security camera, and the NYPD press office could not provide any description of the suspects.