Firefighter accused in attack has history of aggression

by: Alison Grande Updated:


SEATTLE - Court documents show one of the off-duty Seattle firefighters involved in a Saturday night brawl has a history of aggressive behavior.

In 2013, Scott Bullene, 45, crossed two lanes of traffic on I-5, and pulled in front of another driver.  The driver hit him, something eyewitnesses said he couldn't avoid. But Bullene, a Seattle firefighter for 15 years, cursed the driver and accused him of being at fault.  A year earlier, Bullene was involved in a road rage incident where he said he had a gun.

Bullene, fellow firefighter Robert Howell, and Mia Jarvinen, Bullene's girlfriend, allegedly attacked several homeless people. Angry, they said, that the men were lounging on the Seattle Fallen Firefighters' Memorial in Occidental Park.

Francis Hicks says he tried to stop the assault.

 "I wanted to talk to him and he swing at me, you know," said Hicks. 

"He swung at you?" the KIRO7 reporter asked.

"Yeah," said Hicks.  "And then the brother came from the back and hit me in my face. And I didn't do nothing to him.  I tried to stop him from fighting."

 Jarvinen waived her appearance at her bail hearing. Her attorney said she is a technology professional who has worked in Seattle for four years.  Her LinkedIn account lists her as senior finance manager at  Now she is linked to two firefighters whose actions prompted an apology from Seattle's fire chief.

 "We do not condone violence," said Gregory Dean. "And Seattle firefighters are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner."

Jarvinen bailed out of jail Monday night.  She wore sunglasses and put up  the hood on her jacket before rushing out to a waiting taxi.  She would not respond to questions from a KIRO reporter outside. 

Howell wasn't jailed because of a shoulder injury.  Bullene was stabbed and remains at Harborview Medical Center.  All three face assault charges.