Sheriff: Brewton man punches fire chief trying to rescue wife, hits fire vehicle

Sheriff: Brewton man punches fire chief trying to rescue wife, hits fire vehicle

An Alabama man is behind bars, accused of attacking a local fire chief while he was performing CPR.

Appleton Volunteer Fire Chief Michael Tyler is recovering from injuries to his right eye.

Deputy Chief Mike Lambeth with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office in Alabama said it all started after they received a medical call around 6:45 p.m. at a home on Appleton Road Thursday night.

"They came to the back of the residence and seen Christopher Smith performing chest compressions on his wife," said Lambeth.

Investigators said as Chief Tyler began to assist Smith with CPR, he punched the fire chief causing bruises and fractures.

Lambeth said the attack is believed to stem from a post on Facebook.

"There was an allegation made by Mr. Smith yesterday that were maybe some inappropriate things that went on at the local fire department in purchasing land, which is to our information of knowledge isn't true," explained Lambeth.

Investigators said as Smith left the scene his car hit a firefighter's vehicle.

Smith was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief.

"Based on the severity of Chief Tyler injuries, the district attorney's office has decided to up the charges and go with assault first degree," added Lambeth.

Smith's wife died at a local hospital.

"I just think it was a bad situation where Chief Tyler came to do what he took to oath to do and try to take care of the people in his community," Lambeth said.

Investigators said Smith's wife death is still under investigation.

Smith's wife name is not being released at this time.

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