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Man arrested for alleged intoxicated gunplay
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Jason Burkett

Authorities have arrested a man from Alpharetta after he allegedly fired a gun several times in a south Forsyth neighborhood while “heavily intoxicated.”

Jason Hillory Burkett, 34, of Alpharetta was arrested at about 2 a.m. Tuesday when residents in the area of Faircrest Lane in south Forsyth reported hearing three gunshots to authorities. According to a Forsyth County Incident Report filed Tuesday morning, a deputy responding to the scene witnessed a male suspect allegedly pointing a handgun into the tree line behind the townhomes “in a position ready to be fired.”

After Burkett dropped his weapon and was taken into custody, he allegedly told deputies that “he was being held hostage a few houses down and that he had a gun pointed at him,” the report states.  

Burkett allegedly told deputies that he lived one street down on Winshire Court and that earlier in the evening he was held at gunpoint for two hours by “three black subjects, two males and one female” after finding them in his home.

The report stated that Burkett told deputies that after escaping the three suspects he ran through the woods towards Faircrest Lane.

“He said that once he got on Faircrest Lane he fired three shots from his weapon in the air to try and get help,” a deputy stated in the report. “While I was speaking to Jason I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person.”

When Burkett’s residence was searched for the three suspects, deputies allegedly found “numerous alcoholic glasses” and no signs of a disturbance, forced entry or “any sign of someone else being there.”

Burkett was given a preliminary breath test by deputies that allegedly yielded a blood alcohol sample of 0.275.

“Given the lack of evidence to support his story of their being subjects in his house that held him hostage” deputies arrested Burkett for reckless conduct and discharging a firearm under the influence.

According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Burkett was taken to the Forsyth County Jail Tuesday morning and was released shortly after on a bond of $1,230.

As of Tuesday evening, Burkett did not respond to the FCN’s attempts to contact him.