Man shot toward firefighters responding to smoke at his home, police say

The incident happened Saturday in the Redan area.

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The incident happened Saturday in the Redan area.

A man was taken into custody over the weekend after a bizarre set of events that started with smoke emanating from his home and ended with him shooting at a door while firefighters were outside, DeKalb County police said.

Treavon Harris, 23, was charged with obstructing or hindering a firefighter by use of threats or violence, after the incident at his apartment about 7:20 p.m. Saturday. Crews responded to a report of a fire at the building on Thicket Way and saw smoke coming out of Harris’ apartment, according to a DeKalb County Police Department incident report.

They knocked on his door and saw him on his balcony, and told him to open his front door, firefighters told investigators. While the firefighters were waiting outside of his door, they said, he “suddenly began shooting through the closed door into the breezeway in their direction.” No one was struck.

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Harris then jumped off his balcony to get out of the apartment, which is in the Redan area, and sat on the sidewalk until police arrived.

He told officers at the scene they he fired the shots in an attempt to shoot the lock out of his door and get out of the smoke-filled apartment, the report states.

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 taken to the DeKalb County jail and released on Monday.

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