Port Charlotte Man Starts Fire, Hits Firefighter With Shovel

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a southwest Florida man hit a firefighter with a shovel while he was attempting to put out a fire at the suspect’s home.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reports that 44-year-old Gregory Turner was charged Friday with aggravated battery on a firefighter with a deadly weapon.

Authorities say Turner had been yelling at the fire lieutenant to get off his property as a mattress, blinds and several home appliances burn. The firefighter went back to his truck to grab a smaller hose to extinguish the blaze. That’s when authorities say Turner added more items to the fire, then grabbed a shovel, raised it over his head and hit the victim in the helmet.

Deputies shot Turner with a stun gun. He later admitted to starting the fire.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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