Man arrested after hitting fire chief in the face while giving wife CPR

Man arrested after hitting fire chief in the face while giving wife CPR

ESCAMBIA CO., AL (WSFA) - A fire chief was struck in the eye when he offered assistance to man trying to revive his wife with CPR.

According to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, EMS and Appleton Fire Department units responded to a home in Brewton in reference to a person having an asthma attack. The sheriff's office says EMS and Fire were aware of a domestic situation that took place earlier at the home.

The units entered the building ahead of law enforcement arrivals after learning the person wasn't breathing. When they arrived, the units found Christopher Wade Smith doing chest compressions on his wife. When Fire Chief Michael Tyler began to help, he was hit in the right eye by Smith.

Tyler sustained a serious injury and fractures to his face. When law enforcement arrived, Smith tried to flee in his vehicle, and in the process he ran into a firefighter's vehicle and caused damage. Smith was arrested and charged with first degree assault and second degree criminal mischief.

Smith's wife was taken to D.W. McMillan Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Her body has been taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.

Smith is being held at the Escambia County Detention Facility awaiting a bond hearing. He was already out on bond and the district attorney's office has filed for a bond revocation.

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