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March 15, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Two off-duty firefighters accused in attack on homeless man

Update |10:20 p.m.:

An off-duty firefighter was stabbed when he and two companions started a fight Saturday night with a homeless man in Pioneer Square, according to information from Seattle police and fire officials.

The firefighter was with another off-duty firefighter and a woman when they came across the homeless man sleeping on a memorial near First Avenue South and South Main Street, officials said.

Police said witnesses told them that the woman yelled at the man for sleeping on the memorial, then kicked him.  One of her companions then reportedly picked up a stick and started hitting the man, and her other companion joined in. The homeless man got up and stabbed one of the men with a knife, police said.

That firefighter was taken to the hospital, according to Fire Department spokeswoman Sue Stangl.  The other firefighter, she said, was not injured.

Police arrested the woman and one of her companions, said Police Department spokeswoman Renee Witt. Her other companion was not booked Saturday booked because of his injuries, she said.  Witt said all three suspects were reportedly intoxicated.

Witt said the homeless man was taken to the hospital, too, but Stangl said he refused treatment.

Police did not identify two of the three suspects as off-duty firefighters, but the fire department did.

Stangl said  she wasn’t sure when the two firefighters were last on duty, but they did not work Saturday.  She didn’t know the relationship of the woman to the two men.

Update |8 p.m.:

Police have arrested two people in an alleged attack on a homeless man in Pioneer Square this evening.  Witnesses told police that three people beat the man, and he defended himself with a knife, injuring one of them.  As reported earlier, that suspect and the homeless man were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The fight started, a police spokeswoman said, when a woman and two men, who reportedly were intoxicated, came across the homeless man sleeping on a memorial near First Avenue South and South Main Street.  Witnesses told police that the woman yelled at the man for sleeping on the memorial, then kicked him.  One of her companions, they said, then picked up a stick and started hitting him, and the third suspect joined in.  The homeless man then got up, and cut one of the men with a knife, the spokeswoman said.  She said that suspect has not yet been booked because of his injuries.

Further details were not yet unavailable.

Original post:

Two men are in the hospital following a fight this evening at First Avenue South and South Main Street in Pioneer Square, according to a tweet from Seattle police.  One man was stabbed, police said.   No other details were immediately available.

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