D.C. Fire Chief Cleared in Assault Complaint

The District’s fire chief, Kenneth B. Ellerbe, will not be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a firefighter who filed a complaint with police after a confrontation at the scene of a burning ambulance, reports The Washington Post.

Prosecutors “reviewed the matter and determined there was insufficient evidence to go forward with a criminal charge,” spokesman Bill Miller said.

The firefighter who filed the complaint, Sean Christopher Griffith, 33, declined to comment, but he said he has hired two attorneys. He had taken leave after the Aug. 13 incident, but his union representative said he has returned to full duty.

Ellerbe, who has previously denied that a physical confrontation occurred, said in an e-mail that he was not surprised by the decision and that it “confirms what I said from the beginning.”

Griffith alleged Ellerbe assaulted him at a medic call on Benning Road in Southeast Washington on Aug. 13. Ellerbe said he responded to the scene after seeing a picture of a burning ambulance posted on the firefighters union Twitter account. The chief said he wanted to know whether an on-duty firefighter or paramedic had taken the picture.

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