NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - A New Haven firefighter is accused of assaulting a store employee over a pair of boots.
According to an arrest warrant, Battalion Chief Herschel Wadley became upset that a city clothing voucher did not cover the boots he wanted from Horwitz Uniforms in West Haven.
The boots were between $100 and $125, the documents stated.
At first, Wadley told the cashier to fudge the order to allow him to obtain the boots.
The store employee refused, the documents said, because the boots were not on an approved clothing list.
Police said Wadley berated the employee and threatened to steal the boots.
Wadley also pushed the employee's head after she threatened to inform a store owner.
He also, according to the documents, went up behind the worker, grabbed her by the back of the neck, squeezed and shook her.
The store informed New Haven fire chief John Alston about what happened and Wadley was immediately placed on paid administrative leave.
The New Haven Fire Department released a statement on Friday afternoon:
On December 6, 2018, a member of the New Haven Fire Department turned himself in to the West Haven Police Department and was charged with two misdemeanor offenses. The alleged offenses occurred while the member was off-duty. The NHFD is in the process of investigating these matters.
A status meeting was held today with the individual and his representative. The NHFD investigation was suspended today, pending the outcome of the member’s next court appearance.
His current status is on Administrative Leave with Pay.
He was also banned from the store, according to the documents.
Wadley was arrested on Thursday and charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
He was released on a promise to appear in Milford Superior Court on Dec. 18.