$10K bond for fireman accused of animal cruelty, assault

$10K bond for fireman accused of animal cruelty, assault

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 22 at 6:00 PM

GASTONIA, N.C. -- A Charlotte firefighter arrested over the weekend for assault and animal cruelty has been placed on paid administrative duty, officials say.

Gaston County Police arrested Bryan Carlton Barfield early Saturday morning in Gastonia. The Charlotte Fire Department placed Barfield on paid administrative duty pending the outcome of the legal proceedings.

According to Gaston County records, Barfield, 30, is facing a slew of charges including felony assault by strangulation, two counts of assault, communicating threats and felony cruelty to animals.

"As the investigation is ongoing, I am unable to comment on the details of this case,” said Charlotte Fire Chief Jon Hannan after Barfield's court proceedings Monday morning. “However, I want our citizens’ to know we hold our firefighters to a high standard of conduct in order to maintain the trust and respect of our community."

Friday night, medical staff at the Kings Mountain Emergency Room reported to police a victim of domestic violence. Gaston County Police say the female victim, Barfield's fiancee, had several signs of injury, and was grabbed around the neck, strangled and assaulted.

Gaston County Police say the victim reported that Barfield hit and killed a 14-week-old cat, stating Barfield threw the cat, kicked it, then threw it into the toilet. Although the victim does not have possession of the cat's remains, she reports she believes the cat is dead.

Police say the victim was Barfield's live-in girlfriend, and say a young child was home at the time of the alleged assault.

Barfield was arrested at his brother's home on Saturday morning.

Monday, Barfield's fiancee asked the judge to let him come home to their child, saying she wasn't scared of him and that she doesn't want to prosecute.

CFD Captain Rob Brisley released the following statement to NBC Charlotte on Saturday:

The Charlotte Fire Department is aware of this incident involving a member of the department and is looking into the circumstances regarding the charges. He (Barfield) is currently not scheduled to work.

It was not immediately clear what led up to the arrest or how long Barfield has been with the Charlotte Fire Department.

Barfield is currently being held in the Gaston County Jail. Monday, his bond was set at $10,000.

Officials say Barfield has been with the Charlotte Fire Department since 2011.

In an earlier version of this story, it was reported Barfield had been placed on paid administrative leave. The information was provided to NBC Charlotte from the Charlotte Fire Department, and has since been corrected to say Barfield is on "paid administrative duty".

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