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A Rock Island firefighter faces battery charges, accused of punching an off-duty police officer in the face.

Justin Welveart is charged with aggravated battery, a class three felony.

Court records show it happened in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Records state the 27-year-old struck a Rock Island officer in the eye with his fist, fracturing the bone.

Welveart was not on duty at the time and was put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.