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Man arrested after attempting to run into burning home to save his dog

By Mason White 3:31 PM January 5, 2015
Samuel Lee Bassett 

By: Tanya Malhotra
A man was arrested and charged with multiple offenses after he attempted to save his beloved dog.

The man of Chicago, Illinois, has been charged with aggravated assault and resistance to a peace officer after he tried to save his dog from his burning home on Friday night.

Samuel Lee Bassett, 48, of the 11300 block of South Elizabeth, is accused of slapping a police officer who did not allow him to go into his burning home to save his dog.

“They kept him out of the building because it was not safe for him to go inside,” Deputy Fire Commissioner Mark Nielsen said.

Bassett, who is an Air Force veteran, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and two misdemeanor charges of resisting a peace officer.

Three Chicago firefighters were taken to area hospitals after suffering minor injuries while fighting the blaze.

The fire reportedly started about 2:00 p.m., in the basement of the home.

The veteran is being held on $300,000 bond after he allegedly punched the police officer while he was trying to place him in handcuffs.

The officer suffered a small cut to the bridge of his nose. The officer allegedly hit Bassett in the face with the handcuffs, causing a cut on his cheek under the right eye.

Sadly, the man’s dog died in the fire.

Bassett’s attorney said that his client, who works as a lighting designer and was honorably discharged from the Air Force, has no prior criminal history.