A Dalton man who reportedly fired shots from a rifle into the walls of a home after an argument with his girlfriend turned himself into police at the scene Thursday night.
Christian Morales, 19, was originally thought to be barricaded in the home at 1413 Kammi St., sending SWAT teams and specialized personnel into action after the original call around 4:30 p.m. Dalton Police Department spokesman Bruce Frazier said Morales left the scene before police arrived. Police officials were able to contact Morales by phone and he returned to the area and turned himself in.
Morales has been charged with two counts of terroristic threats and acts, and further charges are possible. Frazier said the shots were not aimed at anyone. He did not identify the type of rifle.
“It was not aimed at anybody," Frazier said. "He was not trying to shoot anybody. He was just shooting at walls, and also some shots might have been fired outside of the home. Right now, I don’t know how many shots. We will have some officers on the scene for a while. Other charges are also possible."
Morales, an unidentified female driver and a male occupant of a BMW were handcuffed when Morales returned to the scene, but Frazier did not know if there were any charges against those two.
Frazier said police responded between 4:30 and 5 p.m. to a call of shots fired and a possible barricaded suspect.
"Early indications are that the incident began as a domestic incident," according to a release from the Dalton Police Department before Morales returned to the area. "The suspect apparently became angry during an argument with a girlfriend and reportedly began firing shots with a rifle into walls and also outside the house. Nobody was hit. The girlfriend left the house safely,"
Officers set up a perimeter around the house and closed Needham Drive near the home. Frazier said Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Georgia State Patrol SWAT team also responded.
“Fortunately we didn’t end up needing them to take any kind of action, but that is standard procedure when you have a reason to believe you have a barricaded subject who is armed and has fired shots,” Frazier said.