- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Four firefighters in Glendale have been put on paid administrative leave after an incident with a patient last weekend.

Glendale Fire Department officials say the firefighters will remain on leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation and the four aren’t being identified.

They were transporting James Murillo from a home near Glendale and 83rd avenues on Sunday after he reportedly overdosed on prescription medication.

In a video of the incident, the firefighters are seen calling the 30-year-old Murillo “dead meat” and making other threats.

Firefighters say Murillo turned combative at the home, resisted going to the hospital and swung at members of the crew.

Police later arrested Murillo. But the man’s family and neighbors who witnessed the incident say the firefighters overreacted and used excessive force on Murillo.


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