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NY Fire Chief and Firefighter Busted in Pedestrian Gun Threat

NY Fire Chief and Firefighter Busted in Pedestrian Gun Threat

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New York Daily News via YellowBrix

March 10, 2010

NEW YORK – A Long Island town’s fire chief and a New York City firefighter were arrested Tuesday for brandishing guns while threatening a pedestrian, officials said.

Michael Charles, the Hempstead fire chief, held a handgun on his hip while Brian Schuck, an eight-year-FDNY veteran, toted a shotgun when they harassed a man walking down a Hempstead street Sunday afternoon, Nassau County police said.

Charles and Schuck, who were in an official Hempstead Fire Department SUV, detained the man for a few minutes before letting him flee.

It was not clear why they targeted that victim, police said.

Schuck – who was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for assault – and Charles surrendered to authorities Tuesday.

A third suspect was still being sought, police said.

Schuck, who works at Ladder 111 in Brooklyn, was immediately suspended without pay, FDNY officials said.

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