Two Weymouth firefighters have been indicted in connection with a December parking lot brawl that sent two people to the hospital.
Two Weymouth firefighters have been indicted on assault and battery charges stemming from a Dec. 16 brawl outside a Chinese restaurant.
Anthony Diauto, 30, of Pembroke is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, his shoe, in the fight. Gary Walsh, 28, of Weymouth is charged with assault and battery.
An arraignment date has not been set. A grand jury returned the indictment against the pair Monday, the Norfolk County district attorney’s office said.
Weymouth Fire Chief Robert Leary said Wednesday that he had yet to receive court notification of the indictments, so Diauto and Walsh will continue to work their regular shifts.
“They will remain on duty until I receive some kind of official notification,” Leary said. “At that point, I’ll work with the mayor and the human resources department to determine what their status will be.”
Diauto has worked for the department since March 2004, Walsh since August 2006.
“My hope is that they’ll be cleared of all charges and be able to continue with their careers,” Leary said. “They’re both very well-regarded firefighters who perform a service for the community. To find out that something like this has taken place is very disheartening.”
Leary said the incident occurred when both firefighters were off duty.
Diauto and Walsh were not arrested, but police filed a criminal complaint against Diauto after interviewing two victims, both from Weymouth, who were hospitalized after the fight. One victim was treated for facial injuries, including a broken nose.
“Firefighters have a responsibility to conduct themselves appropriately, especially given the position they hold in the community,” Leary said. “It’s a higher level of expectation that the residents have of their employees.”
The fight took place around 1 a.m. outside the Gourmet Oriental restaurant on Washington Street.
Police initially said there was only one suspect, Diauto. It is unknown what sparked the fight.
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