Man Accused of Hitting Firefighter With Shovel As He Tried to Extinguish Illegal Burn

November 27, 2012 Updated Nov 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM EDT

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Man Accused of Hitting Firefighter With Shovel As He Tried to Extinguish Illegal Burn

November 27, 2012 Updated Nov 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM EDT

According to a news release from the Charlotte County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office, a 44-year-old Florida man was arrested last week for allegedly hitting a firefighter in the helmet with a shovel as he was trying to put out a fire behind the suspect's home.

The suspect is charged with aggravated battery on a firefighter with a deadly weapon and preventing or obstructing extinguishment of a fire, according to the news release.

Read the entire news release from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office HERE.