Cops: Firefighter beat up homeless man over slow food order

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A Massachusetts firefighter was arrested after police said he beat up a homeless man for taking too long to order his food at a restaurant Sunday.

Police say 37-year-old Joseph Ward, of Boston, punched the man in the face five to seven times, kicked him and threw food and a bottle at him outside of Anna's Taqueria in Brookline on Sunday night.

The victim was taken to the hospital with a laceration to his eyebrow.

MyFoxBoston reports Ward did not answer the door Monday night. He is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Town Administrator Mel Kleckner said, "The town is aware of Firefighter Ward's arrest and he has been placed on administrative leave immediately pending further investigation. The town will not be making any further statements at this time."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.