Man hits woman in wheelchair during live report

Man arrested after slapping woman on live TV.

PHOENIX - While 12 News' Joe Dana was reporting live in downtown Phoenix on the Chris Simcox sentencing, a man hit a woman in a wheelchair in the background of the camera's view.

The incident happened near 2nd Avenue and Jefferson Street in Phoenix.

The newsroom was immediately flooded with calls from concerned viewers. Police said they also received calls from concerned citizens.

After responding to the incident and interviewing the two people involved, Phoenix police arrested the man for misdemeanor assault. He is 60-year-old Randall Burgess. Police said the two were in a relationship.

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According to court records, Burgess has a history of charges and convictions involving aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, fighting, and probation violations. Burgess was placed on probation last month for a 2015 case involving felony resisting arrest.

According to police, the woman was largely incoherent when she was interviewed by officers. She was escorted by police to her apartment complex. Police said Burgess and the woman both showed signs of intoxication.

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