A Texas firefighter, responding to a series of fires along Interstate 35 in Austin, was injured in the early hours of Monday. The alleged perpetrator, accused of starting multiple fires, assaulted the firefighter during the course of his duties.
The incident unfolded when the suspect ventured onto the interstate during the ongoing firefighting efforts. As the firefighters tried to usher him away from the active scene, the man responded aggressively. He then began attacking and injuring one of the responders.
The Austin Fire Department reported that the assaulted firefighter had received medical attention and was discharged from the hospital. The department confirmed the firefighter was safe at home and recovering well.
Following the incident, local law enforcement managed to apprehend the suspect at the scene, ensuring an immediate end to his alleged arson spree. However, the authorities did not disclose the type of weapon used in the attack.
Traffic disruption along Interstate 35 was kept to a minimum, with lanes reopening by 5:45 a.m. after a brief closure due to the incident.