A suspected gang member and another man are under arrest in Nashville, Tennessee. Five firefighters are suspended with pay. Police say the case involves an attempt to extort a firefighter by a local gang and charges of sex at the firehouse
Capt. James Overton, engineer Kerry Sales, firefighters Darrin Bell and Quincy Corbitt from Station 24 and firefighter Jason Copeland from Station 11 were placed on paid administrative leave after fire officials learned about the incident.
According to sources, Copeland took three females to Station 24 in the Bordeaux area on Aug. 21. At the station, the women allegedly stripped for money, then performed sex acts.
The case began when a 23-year-old woman on Saturday told Metro Police that she suspected she had been drugged when she went to a firefighter’s home. She also told police that she was at a fire station while someone stripped and another person performed sex acts for money.
When Metro Police questioned the firefighter in the drugging allegation, identified as Jason Copeland, he told them that he was being extorted by a suspected Gangster Disciple gang member for his relationship with the woman.
Deputy Chief Kim Lawson said Sales, Corbitt and Copeland participated in the firehall incident, but Bell wasn’t on duty that day and Overton was asleep.
Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron said the investigation began Saturday when officers responded to Metro General Hospital in regard to a 23-year-old woman who believed she may have been drugged while visiting the Antioch home of Nashville firefighter Jason Copeland.
In an interview Tuesday, Copeland, 32, told police he was being extorted by a friend of the woman.
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