Ridley officer fired after tobacco ID assault

FOLSOM, Pa. - December 22, 2009

Ridley Township commissioners on Monday approved the firing of 33-year-old Officer Brian Decker. Authorities say he repeatedly punched a convenience store manager in the face and head last week after she requested he provide proof of age.

Decker is charged with simple assault, harassment and making terroristic threats. Police say the victim reported other run-ins with Decker.

Delaware County District Attorney spokesman Michael Mattson says Decker has checked himself into a medical facility and will be arraigned upon his release.

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