Thursday night, Bernalillo County firefighters were sent to house fire on the Pajarito Mesa, west of Albuquerque. According to court documents, 31-year-old Ruben Cuellar ignored commands to steer clear of the fire. BCFD says he lives nearby.
“When he first came up, they tried to just calm him down and stuff and eventually he just got to the point where they had to subdue the guy. He was going to hurt somebody or himself,” Bernalillo County Fire Department spokesperson Larry Gallegos said.
Cuellar allegedly dislocated a firefighter’s shoulder, punched another’s nose, and pushed a third in the chest. Fire crews held the man down until Bernalillo County Sheriff deputies arrived and arrested him. Ruben Cuellar is now in jail facing an aggravated battery on health care personnel charge.
Two people who were in the burning building were transported to a hospital for smoke inhalation. Two firefighters were also sent for minor injuries from the fight. BCFD says the building is a total loss.