Man charged in attack resigns from position as Lorain assistant fire chief

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Published: Aug. 20, 2022 at 11:52 AM EDT
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LORAIN, Ohio (WOIO) - City officials confirmed on Saturday the Lorain assistant fire chief, who is facing charges in an attack, has resigned from his position.

Matthew Homolya is accused of threatening his neighbor and their two dogs during a dispute near Vermilion.

He was indicted on charges of aggravated burglary, cruelty to companion animals, assault, and failure to confine a dog on premises.

The incident, which was caught on camera, took place on March 9, 2022 on Gore Orphanage Road.

Authorities said the dispute between neighbors turned into a violent attack in which Homolya was armed with an axe.

He allegedly slammed the neighbor to the ground and hit one of their dogs in the head, according to investigators.

Homolya was on unpaid administrative leave ahead of his resignation, according to Lorain Mayor Jack Bradley.

He is due on Aug. 31 in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas for a pretrial.

Editor’s Note: Below is a previous report from 19 News about the incident. Some may find the video graphic or disturbing.