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NEW DETAILS: Cranston Deputy Fire Chief arrested following verbal/physical fight

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Court documents are shedding new light on the incident that left Union head and Deputy Cranston Fire Chief Paul Valletta facing simple assault and disorderly conduct charges.

It happened Saturday. An affidavit says problems started when Valletta made "degrading" comments against Lt. Scott Bergantino in front of fellow firefighters.

From there, the situation which was recorded by Bergantino on his cell phone escalated.

As other firefighters left the room, Valetta and bergantino stayed behind. Valletta is said to have made some comments about Bergantino regarding a breathing issue.

Next there was yelling and swearing. According to the court documents,  at that point Bergantino is heard saying "Go expletive your mother."

Valletta responds with,"Don't you ever say that about my mother... call me every name in the book, don't be saying anything about my mother."

The fight wasn't just verbal, it also got physical.

In his sworn statement Bergantino says the Deputy Chief pushed him against a chalkboard, punched him in the head twice and threw him over a recliner onto the floor.

Other firefighters had to step in to help. We're told in the audio you can hear an identified firefighter yelling "Chief, come on, stop!"

Valletta has been suspended with pay.. pending the outcome of the city's internal investigation.

Valletta is due back in court later this month.

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