Denton County officials who captured a video image of a man ripping down two U.S. flags at the Denton County Courthouse have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Fort Worth firefighter. Denton County Sheriff’s Department Courtesy
Denton County officials who captured a video image of a man ripping down two U.S. flags at the Denton County Courthouse have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Fort Worth firefighter. Denton County Sheriff’s Department Courtesy

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Fort Worth firefighter wanted for allegedly ripping down 2 U.S. flags in Denton County

October 07, 2017 04:25 PM

UPDATED October 07, 2017 07:27 PM

DENTON COUNTY

A man who tore down and damaged two U.S. flags is a Fort Worth firefighter who agreed to turn himself into authorities, then never showed up, Denton County officials said.

That firefighter has been identified as Michael James Wagemann, according to a Facebook post from the Denton County Sheriff’s Department. Video surveillance of a man walking on the south side of the Denton County Courthouse shortly before 2 a.m. on Sept. 9 triggered an investigation, the post said.

Wagemann was identified as a suspect after the video was examined, according to the post. Wagemann agreed to turn himself in to the Denton County jail but did not arrive at the agreed time and a warrant charging him with criminal mischief was issued, the post said.

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Wagemann is under investigation and has been placed on restricted duty, a statement from the Fort Worth Fire Department said. Wagemann will remain on restrictive duty until the matter is resolved, the statement said.

Wagemann is a seven-year veteran with the Fort Worth Fire Department and was assigned to Fire Station 35, the statement said.

Man pulls down American flags on Denton town square

The incident happened early Saturday in downtown Denton.

Denton County Sheriff's Department

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3