NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - The victim of a car fire punched two firefighters because he thought they were taking too long to put out the fire.
The incident happened near the intersection of Shreve and Natural Bridge Friday evening.
Firefighters said they were trying to put the fire out when the car's owner, later identified as Terrence Lambert, thought they were working too slowly, so he started punching two of them.
Firefighters said Lambert, 24, had crashed his car into another.
A video shot by a witness captured part of the incident and showed firefighters holding down the 24-year-old before letting go. He then lunged toward one of the firefighters.
Lambert is also seen punching one firefighter and that firefighter defends himself, dodges the punch and drops the attacker to the ground.
Both firefighters refused treatment and will be okay. The man was taken into custody.
A fire department spokesman told News 4 the St. Louis Fire Chief will review the video in full to make sure firefighters followed department policy. Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson added that he plans to watch the video again to decide if any rules for how firefighters behave in that situation need to change.
Firefighters do not want the man to be charged but to get the help he needs, firefighters said.
Lambert was charged with willfully failing and refusing to obey or resisting/opposing LEO or firefighter in the proper discharge of their duties. He was released Monday.