What to Know
- A 45-year-old firefighter from Providence, Rhode Island was arrested for allegedly beating a father and son.
- The alleged assault left the son with a broken eye socket and skull fracture.
- The firefighter is on leave without pay for reasons not related to the alleged attack.
A Rhode Island firefighter has been arrested for severely beating an auto body shop owner and his son.
Police charged the 45-year-old Providence firefighter with felony assault Tuesday in connection with the attack at Cranston Collision.
Authorities say the firefighter was yelling at a woman in the shop's parking lot Sunday when he was approached by the owner and his son.
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Cranston police say he attacked both men, leaving the son badly beaten and bleeding profusely when officers arrived.
The son has been hospitalized with a broken eye socket and a skull fracture that will require long-term recovery.
The firefighter entered no plea during his arraignment Tuesday.
Providence officials say he is on leave without pay for reasons unrelated to the assault.