Fire chief in Florida resigns after he’s accused of punching 2 people in NC restaurant

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The Orlando fire chief has resigned his post citing a legal case where he’s accused of punching two people inside a North Carolina restaurant.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Fire Department Chief Benjamin Barksdale sent an email to the city’s chief administrative officer saying his decision was in the “best interest” of the city.

Barksdale is accused of punching a 55-year-old man and his daughter after going inside a restaurant seemingly drunk in late July, demanding to use the bathroom when the business was closed.

Barksdale had served as Orlando’s fire chief since September 2019.

The newspaper reported the restaurant involved was Hasaki Grill & Sushi in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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