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Stories differ in firefighter's assault case

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis Fire Lieutenant Jerry Holmes stood before a judge Monday morning, trying to put out his own fire on an aggravated assault charge.

Realtor Leon Bosby claims in an Affidavit of Complaint he went to Holmes' two-story Memphis home last Thursday afternoon to pay him money, but the encounter turned into a knock down drag out fight.

Bosby's advised him to hold off talking to the media, so we went to get the lieutenant's side of the story.  He wasn't home, and when we stopped by Station 38, everyone was on a fire call.

From the looks of the police affidavit, the only point Holems and Bosby agree upon is money was the root of the run-in.  The affidavit says Bosby was trying to leave when the lieutenant punched him in the face with a closed fist, then pulled a gun from his back waistband, and pistol-whipped him.

Then, it says, Holmes went to his truck, pulled out a hammer, and began swinging.  All the while, Bosby's 5-year-old son watched.

Holmes has a totally different story. He claims in the affidavit that Bosby cursed at him, and pushed him in the face. causing him to fall to the ground.  That when the lieutenant claims he got his hammer and began swinging, he says, to defend himself.

Holmes claims he wasn't sure the hammer even made contact.

Bosby jumped in his car, left the scene and phoned police.  His young son served as a witness.

Police say Holmes had no injuries, but Bosby had a gash on his face.

Holmes was released from jail on $20,000 bond.

He's back in court June 29th.

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