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Two off-duty DC firefighters arrested for jumping & striking cops in pizza shop

Police report: Firefighter said he wanted cop to take a bullet so he could withhold care

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Mark Segraves, WRC-TV/NBC4:

Two D.C. firefighters punched, scratched and jumped on three police officers at a local pizza shop, according to court documents.

Courtney Barnes and Kimberly Gorham were both off-duty when they were asked to leave a pizza shop on Connecticut Ave. NW about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, according to court documents.

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Justin Wm. Moyer, The Washington Post:

“I’m an EMT that works with y’all, and I hope that y’all take a bullet to the head because I’m not going to revive you!” Barnes said, according to a charging document.

Kimberly Gorham, another off-duty firefighter who fire officials said joined the department in 2016, punched one officer in the neck and scratched another, the documents said.

A third person allegedly involved in the altercation, Berick A. Barkley of Northwest Washington, was also arrested after attempting to punch an officer, the documents said.

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Statement from DC Fire & EMS Department:

DC Fire and EMS members Courtney Barnes and Kimberly Gorham were both off-duty when they were arrested and charged with Simple Assault / Assault on a Police Officer following an altercation with law enforcement early Sunday morning, July 14 , 2019.

Both members have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

Firefighter Courtney Barnes joined the Department on 04/30/07. He was assigned to Engine Company 23 on the 2nd Platoon at the time of his arrest.

Firefighter Kimberly Gorham joined the Department on 9/19/16. She was assigned to Engine Company 23 on the 3rd Platoon at the time of her arrest.

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