Firefighter Attacks Woman for Feeding Stray Cats

Firefighter Attacks Woman for Feeding Stray Cats

Shocking surveillance video stunned the people of Los Angeles and quickly went viral: A respected firefighter caught on camera attacking his female neighbor.

The fight erupted over neighborhood cats.

Los Angeles city firefighter Ian Justin Eulian, 39, was found guilty of assaulting and beating a woman who was feeding stray cats in his West Adams neighborhood.

The September 2013 incident was captured by a surveillance camera. The graphic video, first shown by Eyewitness News, showed the confrontation between Eulian and his mother, Lonieta Fontaine, against Rebecca Stafford.

Eulian testified at the first trial that he wanted Stafford to stop feeding the cats in his neighborhood since they were causing a lot of problems. He claimed he punched Stafford only once in self-defense and to protect his mother.

Stafford admitted she threw cat kibble on Eulian’s face to make him stop yelling at her and does not remember what happened after she was dragged out of the car and punched by the firefighter.

Eulian and Fontaine drove Stafford home after the altercation. Stafford claims Fontaine lied to protect her son, telling her that she fell and hit her head on her car. But surveillance video showed Eulian punching Stafford several times.

The first trial ended in a deadlock. Fontaine was initially charged as an accessory, but the case against her was dismissed in the retrial.

Jurors found Eulian guilty of battery with serious bodily injury and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury on Thursday after deliberating for about 90 minutes.

“The actions of this member are a discredit to LAFD and the men and women who serve faithfully every day,” LAFD spokesman Peter Sanders said in a statement to Eyewitness News. “Once the Department has been formally notified of his felony conviction, a Board of Rights will be convened in accordance with Department policy to determine the appropriate disciplinary measures.”

Eulian is due back in court for sentencing on June 30 and is facing seven years in state prison. His defense team plans to appeal Thursday’s verdict.

6 thoughts on “Firefighter Attacks Woman for Feeding Stray Cats

  1. Not only does that idiot firefighter need imprisonment for assault and battery, but he must be assigned “ANGER MANAGEMENT” THERAPY!

    There is something else going on here besides an argument over a neighbor feeding stray cats. There is some other underlying reason this whole issue happened. No one goes to blows over stray cats/cat food. My guess is that something else has been brewing between these families and the cat thing was the straw that broke the camel’s back…explosion of tempers/fists!

    Still, that firefighter is going to serve some time. Hopefully, he will get some ANGER MANAGEMENT THERAPY TOO!

    COVID HAS CREATED MONSTERS OUT OF EVERY DAY EVENTS. BE CAREFUL WHEN DEALING WITH OTHERS. THEIR FUSE MAY BE VERY SHORT AND EXPLOSIVE! TRY MAKING SUGGESTIONS WITH A BIG SMILE FIRST. WE NEED TO MEND THE DAMAGE COVID/POWERS THAT BE HAVE CREATED! COMPASSION FIRST…ALWAYS!

  2. The guy and his mother since the mother hit her in the face first and then the victim got pushed in the face multiple time, not as the defense said a little cat kibble in his eyes, but got knocked out cold, someone should give him the same care and imagine him rescuing anyone? I ask you: You want him to rescue you, if its you or him who gets to make it out alive?
    Fire the scumbag and jail both the Assaulting mother and fire Fighting Son

  3. The guy and his mother since the mother hit her in the face first and then the victim got punched in the face multiple time, not as the defense said a little cat kibble in his eyes, but got knocked out cold, someone should give him the same care and imagine him rescuing anyone? I ask you: You want him to rescue you, if its you or him who gets to make it out alive?
    Fire the scumbag and jail both the Assaulting mother and fire Fighting Son

  4. Y would u all not send him to prison if u did not have the evidence on film. I don’t understand that. U all think they changed the tape to protect the fireman. Who would lose their job to protect their fellow fireman since it was filmed on tape?! No one

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