Update: Stockton fire chief ‘vehemently’ denies domestic violence charge in Turlock

Erik Anthony Newman
Erik Anthony Newman

Turlock police arrested Stockton’s fire chief Thursday on a felony charge of domestic violence.

Chief Erik Anthony Newman, 53, is accused of injuring a person whose used to live with him in Turlock, said Chief Nino Amirfar of the Turlock Police Department in a phone interview.

The victim’s identity was not disclosed, nor was the nature of the injuries.

Newman’s attorney, Albert Ellis, told the Record of Stockton on Friday that his client will fight the charge.

“We vehemently deny there was any domestic violence,” Ellis said. “It would be premature to comment on charges that may not be filed. If they are filed, we intend to obviously defend him. Erik denies there was any semblance of domestic violence.”

Amirfar said his department started investigating after getting a report Saturday evening from the 4600 block of Visions Drive, just south of Taylor Road. Officers received further information Wednesday evening that led to an arrest warrant, he said.

“We couldn’t find him, but we knew he was in Stockton,” Amirfar said. “So we requested the assistance of Stockton PD to assist us and locate him.”

Newman was arrested at the Stockton City Hall and booked at the Stanislaus County Jail. He was later released on $50,000 bail.

Stockton appointed the chief in December 2015, and he planned to retire June 30, the Record reported. Newman was one of three finalists for the recent chief vacancy in San Francisco, but another was hired.

Newman had leadership roles with the Clark County Fire Department in Las Vegas and the Richmond Fire Department in the Bay Area.

The Stockton City Manager’s Office placed Newman on administrative leave. Deputy Chief Brad Palmer is serving as acting chief, the Record said.

Bee Managing Editor Patty Guerra contributed to this report.

Vicki Bourus, executive director of the Family Justice Center of Georgetown and Horry Counties, gives some advice for those wondering what to do if a loved one might be a domestic violence victim.

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