The Seattle Fire Department confirms one of its firefighters, who was off-duty, was stabbed in a fight in Pioneer Square Saturday night.
Police say three people - a woman and two men - were walking through Pioneer Square when they came upon the victim, who was sleeping under the Fallen Firefighter Memorial near 1st Ave. S. and S. Main St.
Witnesses said the woman yelled at the man for sleeping on the memorial, then kicked him. One of her companions hit the victim with a stick and the third suspect joined in.
A man who says he witnessed the incident said he heard one of the people yell My brother died in the service before he started kicking the homeless man.
Seattle Police say witnesses told them the homeless man pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the men, who was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.
The two suspects were booked into King County Jail for Assault. The third suspect, due to his injuries, was not booked into jail. However, will face assault charges.
Officers believe the suspects were intoxicated.
The homeless man is expected to be okay.
The firefighter was listed in stable condition Saturday night. He has been a firefighter since 1999 and hasn't worked a shift since March 13, according to Seattle Fire Public Information Officer Sue Stangl.
The other firefighter was hired in 1997 and hasn't worked a shift since Jan. 9.
Both of them are on disability, Stangl said.
Stangl said there will be a decision on the status of the off-duty firefighters on Monday.