Shots Fired In Baldwin Apartment

Baldwin - Baldwin Police Department were dispatched to an apartment complex early Monday morning after accidental gunfire.

At approximately 12:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, officers with the Baldwin Police Department, assisted by Cornelia Police Department and the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 100 block of Heritage Garden Apartments.

According to a release by Baldwin P.D., authorities were dispatched “after Habersham 911 received a call from a subject who stated that people were after him.”

During the dispatch call, the subject advised dispatch that he had a gun and that the gun had accidentally gone off. 

The subject also advised dispatch that he had been using methamphetamines. 

Upon the officers’ arrival, they made contact with the juvenile subject, who appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamines. 

“The subject was talking very incoherently and was paranoid that people were after him,” according to the release. “He advised officers that he was not willing to talk to them, because people were listening.”

The subject did admit to using marijuana, methamphetamine and unknown pills. 

It was later determined that the subject was a juvenile and the case was turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice. 

“During the investigation, it was discovered that a recliner inside the residence had been shot by the juvenile,” the release reads. “A 20 gauge shotgun and a spent 20 gauge shotgun shell were recovered from the apartment.”

It was later determined that the shotgun belonged to the apartment tenant, Zachary Smith, 26. 

Smith was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

“The information I can release is limited,” says Baldwin Chief of Police Charles Webb.