Darren Smith, 26, is accused of firing his weapon while high on bath salts in Clarksville.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
A group of Clarksville neighbors are lucky to be alive after a man who police said may have been high on a bath salts opened fire.
Darren Smith, 26, was arrested Saturday evening at the Renaissance at Peachers Mill Apartments on Allen-Griffey Road after people called 911 to report he was shooting a gun into the air.
“He had taken something that impaired him to the point he was having hallucinations,” Sgt. Charles Gill with Clarksville police said. “When you have hallucinations and you have a fire arm on you that puts the public in danger.”
Clarksville Police had already been searching for Smith because of previous 911 calls of a man with a gun at the Publix on Tiny Town Road.
“He is armed and dangerous,” one caller said. “He is waiving a F**** gun around.”
The caller continued, “He is laying in the F***** road waiving a gun around there is something wrong with him.”
Smith sped away from the scene in his car before police could get to the intersection.
A little while later the 911 calls from the Renaissance at Peachers Mill Apartments began.
“A guy is waiving a pistol and he is quoting bible verses,” one caller said.
Then at least five gun shots can be heard in the background of the 911 call.
When police officers arrived they heard the gunshots and found Smith standing on top of a car ranting about the world coming to an end.
Around 10 people were in the area. No one was injured and Smith was taken into custody.
“Everyone was very fortunate,” Sgt. Gill said. “This could have ended a lot worse than it did.”
Sgt. Gill said the public calling 911 and giving police information about where Smith was located also helped prevent someone from getting killed.
“They were able to lead the officers to his exact location,” he said. “Without the citizens telling us where he was at it we would not have been able to end it as quick as we did.”
Smith is charged with 10 counts of reckless endangerment, public intoxication, vandalism and being a felon in possession of a weapon.
Smith was booked into the Montgomery County jail on $290,000 bond.