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Off duty firefighter assaults postal employee

Memphis Fire Inspector William Higgins (Courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Department) Memphis Fire Inspector William Higgins (Courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Department)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - At the post office on Prescott Wednesday, it was business as usual, a far cry from September, when Memphis Fire Inspector William Higgins dropped by.

It was a trip that ultimately ended more than a month later, when Higgins turned himself into police on charges of assaulting a postal service employee.

It started when Higgins walked into the post office with a UPS box.  The woman who waited on him told him she could not help him here.

According to an affidavit of complaint, Higgins then left the post office, but returned a short time later with the same package.  It was then, the complaint says, he cut in line and jumped over the counter, grabbing the hand of the woman who had waited on him and slamming it on the desk.

The woman was able to escape, but was 'very frightened and traumatized by the incident,' according to the complaint.

Higgins, who was not on duty at the time, bonded out of jail Wednesday morning.

Postal officials had no comment.

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