A 64-year-old Florida woman is accused of hitting a firefighter with a sock filled with two cans of soup because he “brushed her off” when she tried to talk to him during a fire investigation.
Claudia Jean Cyr, of 11745 S. U.S. Hwy. 301, was charged with battery on a firefighter after the incident.
The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy said he and other firefighters were conducting a fire investigation when Cyr approached them and said she wanted to speak with them because she had information about the fire. The victim told Cyr to clear the area until they could speak to her, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim said Cyr came back to the scene claiming she didn’t see anything and started calling him vulgar names. He said he told her he was done speaking to her and to leave the scene. The victim said Cyr went into her house and came out with a sock that contained two soup cans and struck him with it twice in the shoulder area of his right arm, the report said.
The victim said Cyr tried to swing at his head, but a second investigator blocked it from hitting him. The victim was wearing a shirt with the Marion County Fire Rescue logo on the front and standing in front of a Marion County Fire Rescue vehicle when Cyr approached them, according to the report.
Cyr told the deputy she approached the fire personnel because she had family who were in that profession. She said she went back into the house, grabbed two cans and put them in a sock. Cyr said she swung at a “downward” angle like she was “trained,” the report said.
Cyr said she only swung at the victim once, and she did it because she thought the investigators were going to harm her. She was unable to provide any more information. The deputy located the black sock, which contained the two soup cans, in the back of a Marion County Fire Rescue truck, according to the report.
Cyr was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was being held Wednesday on $500 bond.