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UPDATE: Suspect in assault on fire captain in custody

Jason Coleman (Source: Tucson Police Department) Jason Coleman (Source: Tucson Police Department)
The incident happened at about 9:20 a.m. on Monday, April 30, in the 1500 block of West St. Mary's Road. (Source: Tucson Fire Department) The incident happened at about 9:20 a.m. on Monday, April 30, in the 1500 block of West St. Mary's Road. (Source: Tucson Fire Department)

A Tucson fire captain was assaulted by bystanders while rendering aid to a patient on the west side on Monday, April 30.

The suspect in the assault, 31-year-old Jason Coleman, was for arrested for two counts of aggravated assault on a firefighter, according to Sgt. Kim Bay spokeswoman with the Tucson Police Department. 

The incident happened at about 9:20 a.m. in the 1500 block of West St. Mary's Road, where the TFD units were dispatched for a possible fall injury, according to a news release from the Tucson Fire Department.

While trying to treat the patient, two bystanders who were offering advice were asked to leave. One continued to forcefully offer his own treatment and was again asked to leave. He stepped back, but made threatening comments and displayed a machete.

The TFD units stepped away to a safe distance and called for police assistance.

The bystanders walked further away, but the man without the machete returned and assaulted the captain. The other members of the TFD crew intervened and prevented further harm until TPD officers arrived.

No further information about possible injuries to the patient or the captain was immediately available.

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