DECATUR, Ga. – Police arrested a 23-year-old man in DeKalb County after he allegedly fired shots at the firefighters trying to rescue him from his burning apartment.
Firefighters first responded to a fire call at a home on Thicket Way in Decatur just after 11:30 p.m.
When they arrived, smoke was pouring out of the apartment complex. As they attempted to clear the area, they knocked on the door of Treavon Harris. But Harris didn’t come out.
Firefighters outside the building said they spotted Harris standing on his second-floor balcony. They urged him to evacuate the residence for his own safety. The police reported later that Harris went inside as emergency responders waited in the breezeway of the apartment for the man to exit.
But instead of fleeing from the fire in his building, he reportedly began firing a gun through the closed door, directly at where the firefighters were standing.
The firefighters immediately fell back and took cover. They called for police to respond to the shots fired.
But then, firefighters say Harris ran back up to his balcony and leapt over the railing. He then sat on the sidewalk until police arrived at the scene.
When officers got there, they reportedly observed Harris dressed only in his underwear and laying down in the street.
The officers quickly took him into custody. When questioned by one of the units, Harris allegedly said that he had been stuck inside and had only begun shooting to try and break the lock on the door of his smoke-filled apartment.
No one was injured in the shooting. Harris was booked in DeKalb County Jail for obstruction of a firefighter.
Investigators found five shell casings on the ground near the apartment’s door, and a handgun on the patio, according to the report. Harris was released on Monday.