Mich. man kicks fire chief in stomach on scene

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COLDWATER, Mich. — A 28-year-old man was arrested and charged with assaulting an assistant chief at a fire scene.

Aaron Van Vorst allegedly kicked Bronson Fire Department Asst. Chief Ken Stutzman, 72, in the stomach after yelling that firefighters were not acting fast enough to put out his house that was on fire, according to The Daily Reporter.

Witnesses said that Van Vorst tried to pull Chief Stutzman from his vehicle but a seat belt prevented it. As Chief Stutzman exited the car, Van Vorst came up to him and kicked him in the stomach, according to the report. He then attacked another firefighter who came to Stutzman’s aid.

Chief Stutzman called 911 on the radio asking for police protection because of the assault. When police arrived on the scene, Van Vorst was still agitated about the slow response. He later became aggressive toward police officers.

Bond was set at $35,000 for Van Vorst or surety for the two-year felony of assault of a firefighter, according to the report. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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