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Caught on camera: Firefighter draws gun on driver at highway scene in North Carolina

Not a lot known yet about Saturday confrontation in Columbus County

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Well this is a new one. In Columbus County, North Carolina a woman posted a video to Facebook showing a firefighter aiming a gun at her through her vehicle’s windshield. It happened on Saturday during some sort of highway incident.

The firefighter is from ADR Fire-Rescue of Riegelwood. The woman who took the video, Tae Deleon, is the only one commenting about what occurred. ADR Fire-Rescue tells WECT-TV that its board of directors is handling the situation and had nothing more to say. According to WECT-TV, both the State Fire Marshal and State Highway Patrol would look into the situation but had no details.

In Deleon’s post on Facebook she talked about a confrontation with a different firefighter when a second firefighter pulled out a gun and took aim. It’s unclear what the confrontation was about but the position of Deleon’s vehicle gives the impression she might have been trying to drive around the fire engine heavy rescue rig immediately to her right. An ambulance is parked ahead of the engine, also on the right.

Nichael Peaats, WECT-TV:

The fire department is not staffed by Columbus County employees, instead, the county has a contract with the department to provide services to the area. We have reached out to Columbus County Attorney Amanda Price for a comment on the video but at the time of publication, have not gotten a response.

When asked, Barry Smith of the Office of the State Fire Marshal said in general, firefighters do not have arrest powers, however, some volunteer firefighters are also police officers. It is unknown at this time if the individual in the video is also a sworn law enforcement officer.

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