Argument over celebration of life prompts reckless conduct



The Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded March 27 to a report of shots fired.

When deputies arrived at a residence on Frances Avenue, Dennis Washington informed the officers that his step-father, Anton Smith, fired two shots in the air after a discussion with Washington’s mother became heated. The argument involved a conversation about a celebration of another relative’s life.

Washington stated that he tried to intervene while inside the house, but then the altercation moved into the yard. Smith went inside and retrieved a firearm, then went back outside and fired two shots in the air, according to the official incident report. Two shell casings were located where Washington and Smith indicated the altercation took place. Smith was arrested for reckless conduct with a firearm.

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