Man Charged With Felonies After Trying to Save His Dog From Burning Home

Dog dies after police restrain man against his will
NBC Chicago
Jan. 05, 2015

A man has been charged with aggravated battery and resisting a peace officer after he tried to save his dog from his burning home Friday night. The incident left his dog dead and three firefighters injured.

Samuel Lee Bassett, 48, of the 11300 block of South Elizabeth, was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and two misdemeanor counts of resisting a peace officer.

Bassett reportedly got into an altercation with police when he tried to run into the burning house to save his dog, who died, neighbors said.

Three Chicago firefighters were taken to area hospitals after suffering minor injuries battling a fire at 113th Place and Elzabeth Avenue on Chicago’s South Side.

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