A man was caught slapping a woman in a wheelchair in the background of a Phoenix reporter’s live camera shot Monday, the TV station reported.
The reporter was outside a downtown courthouse for a sentencing when the incident occurred. The people involved were not part of the reporter’s story.
As viewers began to see the story, KPNX’s newsroom and local police department were flooded with calls.
After responding to the incident, Phoenix police arrested Randall Burgess, 60, on suspicion of misdemeanor assault.
Burgess and the woman both showed signs of intoxication, according to police. The woman was largely incoherent when she was interviewed by officers and was escorted to her apartment complex, the station reported.
Burgess was placed on probation last month for a 2015 case involving felony resisting arrest, KPNX reported.