By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great local journalism.
Authorities: Teen arrested after firing handgun through residence window
John Lee Jimerson
John Lee Jimerson

Authorities say that a Decatur teen was taken into custody by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after he allegedly fired a handgun into a Forsyth County residence on Friday, narrowly missing his brother.

At about 12:43 p.m. on Thursday, John Lee Jimerson, 18, allegedly fired a single shot from a handgun through the living room window of a residence off Castleberry Road after a physical altercation with his brother, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater.

The gunshot “narrowly” missed hitting an individual inside the residence, Rainwater said, and Jimerson’s brother immediately called 911.

After Forsyth County detectives investigated the scene, warrants were secured for Jimerson’s arrest.

Detectives located Jimerson at a house on New University Way in south Forsyth and at about 7 p.m. he was taken into custody by the sheriff’s office’s Warrant Unit and SWAT team.

“Because of his behavior and the [Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office] knew he was armed, SWAT assisted the Warrant Unit in making the arrest without incident,” Rainwater said.  

The handgun suspected in the shooting and a single shell casing was recovered during their investigation, he said.

Jimerson has been charged with aggravated assault with a gun, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and probation violation. He had previously been convicted of battery and aggravated assault in Forsyth County in March of 2019.

He is being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.