Man Accused of Assaulting Marietta Squad Crew Members

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It started with a call about somebody passed out.

It ended with two squad crew members hurt and one man facing assault charges.

It happened Thursday night when two Marietta rescue squad members responded to the McDonald's inside Walmart.

Marietta Police Captain Jeff waite says a 26-year-old man passed out at the restaurant, fell down, hit his head and was unconscious.

As the two squad members were treating him he woke up.

Then, Captain Waite says, the man got violent.

He's accused of punching one of the squad members several times.

And when the other squad member tried restraining the man, the man scratched him, according to Captain Waite.

Both squad members were treated at the hospital and released.

One fire department member who wasn't involved in the incident says although it may seem like a routine call at first, they just never know what they might find.

So they're always prepared to call in police officers for help.

"Anytime we respond to an incident on the squad we never know what we're gonna walk into," says Marietta Firefighter Gregory Doak. "Sometimes it's as simple as someone being ill and sometimes it can be domestic disturbances or people that are violent. So each time we go, we go full well knowing we're just gonna figure it out as we go."

"And they don't necessarily have the tools of the trade that we have to deal with individuals who want to become violent," says Capt. Waite.

The man accused of attacking the squad members is still in the hospital undergoing treatment.

Captain Waite says he doesn't know what the man's motive was for attacking them.

Police won't release the man's name until he is officially charged.

He faces charges of assualt on firefighters.

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