“They kept trying to keep him out of the building because it was unsafe for him to go in. He wanted to go in,” Chicago Deputy Fire Commissioner Mark Nielsen said told the Chicago Tribune.
Samuel Bassett was taken into custody Friday for allegedly hitting a police officer. (Image source: Cook County Sheriff)
According to the Tribune, Officers repeatedly told Bassett to move back from the burning home. When he didn’t, they proceeded to arrest him. That’s when the former veteran allegedly resisted and hit at least one officer who tried to stop him from going back into the house. An officer then hit Bassett in the face with handcuffs, leaving a wound that was visible in his mugshot.
Bassett refused medical attention at the scene and the extent of his injuries is unclear. Three firefighters were hospitalized, but Chicago police spokesman Veejay Zala said the officer who was struck was treated at the scene for “absolutely minor” injuries. Bassett’s dog did not survive the blaze, the newspaper reported.
Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. told Bassett: “You should have more respect for police officers.”
The 48-year-old Chicago man was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and two misdemeanor counts of resisting a peace officer. He was being held on $300,000 bond and is expected back in court Friday, WMAQ-TV reported.
Bassett’s attorney said he was honorably discharged from the Air Force and has no prior criminal record.
Courtesy of The Blaze