Firefighter fends off knife attack by arson suspect on call

The firefighter was inspecting a bedroom inside a burning home when the man jumped out and swung a knife at him


By FireRescue1 Staff

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A firefighter fended off a knife attack by a suspected arsonist while responding to a house fire.

The Los Angeles Times reported that a firefighter crew was searching the home for the source of the smoke when police saw someone run inside the house, according to Oceanside Fire Battalion Chief Jessamyn Specht.

An Oceanside Fire Dept. firefighter was inspecting a bedroom of a burning home when a man jumped out and swung a knife at him. (Photo/OFD)
An Oceanside Fire Dept. firefighter was inspecting a bedroom of a burning home when a man jumped out and swung a knife at him. (Photo/OFD)

While searching a bedroom of the home, a firefighter was confronted by a man who jumped out and swung a large knife at him.

The firefighter pushed the man against the wall and avoided injury.

Police Lt. Kedrick Sadler said the man ripped apart a dresser and began throwing pieces of it at the officers who were trying to arrest him. A TASER was used on the man, but it wasn’t until a police dog was used that they were able to take him into custody.

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