Oxnard firefighter assaulted by man he was trying to help

Firefighters called to rescue pet bird

PORT HUENEME, Calif. - A Port Hueneme man faces assault and child endangerment charges after being accused of assaulting an Oxnard fire captain as firefighters tried helping the man recover his pet bird that had escaped.

The incident occurred on Feb. 4 shortly after 4 p.m. in the 100 block of Seaview Street in Port Hueneme.

Port Hueneme police say 38-year-old Tony Hall became belligerent after his pet bird flew from the tree it was perched on to the roof of the apartment complex as firefighters were setting up a ladder to help retrieve the bird.

Hall then punched the fire captain one time in the face, according to investigators. Firefighters were able to subdue Hall after a brief struggle and detain him until police arrived.

Authorities say the fire captain suffered minor injuries from subduing Hall and not from the assault itself.

Hall was booked into jail and charged with assault on a firefighter, and child endangerment. Police say Hall has a history of battery arrests and obstructing police arrests.

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