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Two House Fire Victims Charged With Striking Norton Police Officer

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Richard M. Dunn (L) and Richard E. Dunn (R) are charged with assaulting a police officer.

Richard M. Dunn (L) and Richard E. Dunn (R) are charged with assaulting a police officer.

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NORTON (CBS) – Two victims of a house fire in Norton are facing charges for allegedly striking a police officer.

Firefighters were battling flames at the home on King Philip Road around 3 a.m. on Saturday.

At one point, Norton police say firefighters requested officer assistance with 55-year-old Richard M. Dunn because he was interfering with firefighter operations.

The Sun Chronicle reports Dunn was trying to get back in the house to try and rescue a small dog.

While everyone inside the house made it out safely, that dog reportedly remains missing.

Police say Dunn ignored several requests by an officer to move away from the burning home and to leave the property.

Finally, Norton Patrolman James Cameron attempted to escort Dunn away from the house. Police say Dunn struck Cameron.

The 55-year-old Dunn was arrested. As officers were arresting Dunn, his son, 22-year-old Richard E. Dunn allegedly struck Patrolman Cameron as well.

The 22-year-old was also arrested.

Both men are charged with assault and battery on a police officer. Richard M. Dunn is also charged with interfering with a firefighter.

Both are scheduled to appear in Attleboro District Court on Monday.

No one was injured in the incident.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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