Paramedic, parking officer fight inside 7-Eleven: Witnesses say fight began over parking spot

SAN DIEGO - A fight inside a convenience store on Wednesday afternoon took many by surprise. Witnesses say a parking enforcement officer and a paramedic got into a fight inside a 7-Eleven at 25th Street and Broadway in Golden Hill.

The argument started with "where" the paramedic's rig was parked, according to witnesses. 10News was told the parking officer wanted the paramedic to move his rig but the paramedic said he was assisting someone.

Lourdes Martinez was working inside Expressions Beauty Salon when she heard shouting in the parking lot.

"I heard the screaming and I turned to look at what happened," said Martinez. "Everything was fast."

Moments later, the men took their argument inside the 7-Eleven.

A 10News viewer called the station to say his roommate watched inside as the incident unfolded. He says the two men argued and then the paramedic put the parking officer into a headlock. Once he released him from the headlock, the parking officer punched the paramedic in the face.

About 90 minutes later, both men drove off in their respective vehicles. There is no word if they will be reprimanded.

In February, a Chula Vista firefighter was handcuffed and placed into the back of a California Highway Patrol cruiser after refusing to move his fire truck at a crash scene.

A veteran CHP officer ordered him to drive back to the fire station or be arrested.

That firefighter has now filed a claim against the CHP and the state.

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