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Police: Firefighter punched by man he tried to help

The firefighter was attempting to treat an injury on the man’s neck when he allegedly punched him in the face without provocation


By FireRescue1 Staff

HILTON HEAD, S.C. — A firefighter was punched in the face by a man who had just been in a vehicle crash, according to officials.

Island Packet reported that the Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue firefighter responded to the scene of an overturned vehicle. Police said the driver was walking out of the woods when responders arrived, and they saw he had minor injuries.

According to police, the man would not tell them what happened and was breathing heavily.

The firefighter began treating an injury on the man’s neck, and police said he “assaulted [the firefighter] by punching him in the face” without provocation. He also allegedly swung at a police officer, but missed.

The man then allegedly “stood in a fighting stance with his fists still clenched facing off with [two deputies]” while police officers pulled out their TASERs.

The man continued to resist as police “took him to the ground.” He was transported to the hospital and later arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, third-degree assault and battery, resisting arrest and driving under the influence.

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