Threats and DUI lead to firefighter’s arrest
by Jessica Loeding
Apr 02, 2013 | 4550 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Bartow County Fire Department employee on Sunday night was arrested after showing up at the department to confront another firefighter.

About 8:30 p.m., a BCFD firefighter at station 1 on Highway 20 called police after he said Garry Shaun Roberson, 34, of Taylorsville, threatened him, according to a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office report. The man said Roberson had made several calls to him about accusations the firefighter was having a relationship with Roberson’s wife.

In one message, Roberson told the man, “I’m gonna stomp the [expletive] outta your [expletive].” The man said he put the call on speaker, with a witness hearing the threat.

While the deputy was meeting with the firefighter and witness, Roberson drove into the station parking lot and, upon seeing the patrol unit, abruptly left.

Roberson was located sitting in his vehicle at Cartersville Medical Center, where he admitted to deputies he had been drinking. He tested positive — .122 grams — for alcohol.

He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and terroristic threats and acts.

BCFD Fire Chief Craig Millsap said no disciplinary action had been taken as of Monday.

“He is currently still employed,” Millsap said. “Everything is still under investigation.”

He said Roberson had been a firefighter with BCFD “definitely 10-plus years.” Roberson had no history of disciplinary action or reprimands, according to Millsap.

A request was made Monday for Roberson’s personnel file, but those documents were not available at press time.

BCSO said Roberson had no prior arrest record.