Fresno's fire chief arrested on domestic violence suspicions

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Fresno's fire chief has been arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence and criminal threats.

Fresno County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Curtice said James Robert Brown Jr. was arrested late Wednesday night after he apparently assaulted and threatened to kill family members during a disturbance at his home.

Brown was booked into jail and released on bail Thursday morning.

Curtice said Brown was visibly intoxicated and initially uncooperative with deputies. According to investigators, he was hit with pepper spray by a family member during the incident.

City Manager Mark Scott said Brown has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

The 50-year-old Brown was hired in April 2012 after a national search. A call to his office was referred to the city manager. A message left at his home was not immediately returned.