Jun 25, 2013 11:39 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Fresno's fire chief has been charged with several felonies including assault with a deadly weapon and corporal injury to a spouse after a domestic dispute earlier this month.
Rob Brown was charged in a six-count complaint Tuesday after the June 12 incident at the home he shares with four sons and wife Beth Brown, who is also a Fresno city official.
Sheriff's officials say Brown knocked his wife to the ground, choked another family member and had to be pepper-sprayed until deputies responded to a 911 call.
The 50-year-old Rob Brown is on paid administrative leave and free on $50,000 bail.
His attorney says the charges are excessive for someone with no criminal record, and family members have been in counseling together since the incident.
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