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Fresno homeowner will not face charges after shooting firefighter

September 06, 2013|By Jason Wells
  • The Fresno Fire Department posted this photo on its Twitter account of the shorts a firefighter was wearing under his "turnout" pants when he was shot in the leg by a Fresno homeowner.
The Fresno Fire Department posted this photo on its Twitter account of the… (Fresno Fire Department )

A homeowner in Fresno who shot a firefighter in the leg after mistaking him for a home intruder will not face criminal charges.

Police spokesman Jamie Rios told the Fresno Bee on Thursday that the firefighter was just "doing his job" and also will not be penalized.

Responding to a medical alert, authorities told the newspaper that the firefighter tried entering the home through a window after not getting a response at the door – a common practice if they feel a resident could be in duress inside.

The firefighter, though, set off the home intruder alarm, waking the residents inside.

"They were thinking there was an intruder coming in the window,” Rios told the Fresno Bee.

The homeowner then grabbed his gun and fired a shot that grazed the firefighter's leg above the knee, resulting in what Rios called a minor injury. The firefighter was treated at a hospital.

The home resident reportedly told authorities that he had not called for medical assistance and that the house was having alarm problems.


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