Chicago fire Lt. arrested for punching firefighter

Chicago Fire Department Lt. Leonard Johnson was charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly having an on-duty altercation with a colleague

By Tony Briscoe
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — A Chicago Fire Department lieutenant faces a misdemeanor charge after he punched his colleague in the face at a Far South Side fire station, according to authorities.

Chicago fire Lt. Leonard Johnson, 53, was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor battery after an argument with a 52-year-old male firefighter descended into a fistfight, according to a Chicago police spokeswoman.

Around 8:30 a.m., Johnson and the firefighter were involved in a dispute at a fire station where they both work in the 1700 block of West 95th Street in the city’s Beverly neighborhood, police said

The disagreement turned physical, and Johnson hit the man twice in the face, according to police. The man, who suffered a cut to the lip, was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in good condition.

Johnson, who has worked for the Fire Department for about 20 years, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was treated for a cut to his knuckle.

The incident is under investigation, though Johnson has not been suspended or placed on leave, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.

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