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Charlotte firefighter charged with felony assault

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

A Charlotte firefighter is in Gaston County jail after being accused of several crimes early Saturday -- including strangulation and cruelty to animals.

Bryan Carlton Barfield, 29, was being held in Gaston County Jail Sunday afternoon with no bond. He’s charged with two felonies: assault by strangulation and cruelty to animals.

He’s also been accused of three misdemeanors: communicating threats and two counts of assault inflicting serious injury.

A police report on the charges was not immediately available. A spokesman for the Gaston County Police Department did not return calls seeking details on the arrest. And it’s unclear if Barfield had an attorney Sunday night.

According to records, Barfield was booked into jail just before 2:30 a.m. on Saturday.

In a statement, Charlotte Fire Department Capt. Rob Brisley said Barfield had not been fired or placed on any type of administrative, but is “currently not scheduled to work.”

“The Charlotte Fire Department is aware of this incident involving a member of the department and is looking into the circumstances regarding the charges.”

Barfield is a Firefighter I, according to city records, and his yearly salary is $46,978.36. He’s based at fire station one, on North Myers Street in uptown Charlotte. That station answers calls in the center city, at nearby uptown apartment complexes and at Central Piedmont Community College.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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