A San Francisco firefighter has been charged with felony assault for attacking a colleague at the colleague’s home with a fire department tool. Robert Muhammad, 47, is accused of attacking fellow firefighter Gabriel Shin, 56, with device referred within the SFFD as a large brass spanner. It is used to open hydrants and as a spanner wrench.
Shin suffered a broken arm, concussion and contusions in the assault. The men have known each other for over 20 years. Muhammad reportedly went to the firehouse; obtained Shin’s home address and the large brass spanner; and went to Shin’s house to confront him.
According to ABC7 News, the department had been aware of concerns about Muhammad’s behavior for some time. He is facing a number of charges including assault with a deadly weapon.