Hartford Fire Lieutenant arrested for altercation with Captain at fire scene


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford Fire Lieutenant Michael Patterson has been arrested after allegedly starting a fight with a Hartford Fire Captain at a fire scene.

In a report to the Chief, the Captain says Lt. Patterson started leaving the August 14th scene near 122 Morningside West before the Captain released him, then stopped and “threw the cab door open and charged in an extremely aggressive manner toward me.”

“‘You’re a punk [expletive] [expletive], you’ll get what’s coming to you, I’ll make sure of it [expletive]! I’m going to [expletive] you up! Why you [expletive] with me?’” the Captain says Lt. Patterson yelled at him “all the while pointing his fingers at me in a hostile and confrontational manner.”

“Lt. Patterson had to be physically restrained by members of his crew all the while still making threats of bodily harm against me and screaming extremely offensive comments at me,” the Captain’s report continues. “Lt. Patterson repeatedly tried throwing punches at me while restrained at a very close proximity, landing one blow in the center of my chest with his right hand.”

The Captain says Lt. Patterson was then escorted back to the cab of his ladder and again left without permission.

The High Street man turned himself in on Wedensday and is charged with second-degree breach of peace. He was released on a promise to appear in court on September 9.

In 2013, Patterson was accused of leaving guns out on his child’s bed. The resolution of that case is not known.

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