According to police, two off-duty Seattle firefighters and a woman were walking through Pioneer Square after the Sounders game when they came across a homeless man sleeping near the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial near the intersection of Occidental Avenue and Main Street. The memorial in Pioneer Square is a tribute to the Seattle firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
Witnesses said the woman became angry about what she saw, yelled at the man for sleeping on the memorial, and started kicking the homeless man. One firefighter hit the victim with a stick, police said, and as things escalated, the off-duty firefighters both began kicking the homeless man.
Police said the homeless man tried to defend himself during the attack and stabbed one of the firefighters.
Officers later arrested the two off-duty firefighters and woman for investigation of assault. One of the firefighters, who Seattle Fire Department sources identify as Scott Bullene, was taken to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for a stab wound.
As of 9:30 on Saturday night, Bullene was in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center.
Bullene, a firefighter at Station 5, has been with the department for 17 years. He is now on disability as a result of the stabbing incident.
The Seattle Fire Department said Sunday that the second firefighter has been on disability since January.
Police said the woman and off-duty firefighters were under the influence of alcohol during the incident.