A former Shreveport Fire Captain already accused of being the ring leader in the Fire Station 8 scandal, is back behind bards. This time, Derrick Harris is charged with terrorizing, after he allegedly made threats toward the Shreveport Fire Department on Facebook.
The post which appeared July 10, states," Thinking of doing a remake of django, some roles are already cast…Central Fire Station as Candyland…Derrick Harris as Django…R.C. Mulford as Calvin Candy, Beason as Billy Crash,…now I just need that ONE house *** to be Steven…"
Shreveport Firefighters perceived Harris to be talking about the violent film "Django Unchained," where a former slave seeks revenge on his master. In the movie, "Calvin Candy" is killed along with "Billy Crash". "Candyland" or the plantation is burned down and everyone inside dies by the end of the film.
Having seen the film, many of the firefighters became concerned when they saw the post Friday, and the Fire Administration called the police.
"We perceived that post was relative to an imminent threat to certain employees as well as targeting central fire station," said Assistant to the Chief Fred Sanders.
The police talked to Dale Cox with the Caddo District Attorney's Office, and together they decided to file a warrant for Derrick Harris' arrest on one felony count of terrorizing. His bond was set at $200,000.
"When I realized and learned about the nature of the film, it was a great concern," said First Assistant District Attorney Dale Cox.
"While he's on bond for other crimes, he's committing yet another felony. Because terrorizing is a felony. We also had information that Harris had traded a handgun he owned for an assault rifle. It's my understanding he claims it was all a joke. But no one who had any familiarity with him or his background thought it was a joke."
The police department advised Central Fire Station to go on lockdown. Employees were told to be vigilant of their surroundings when they were out on emergency calls.
The lockdown lasted until Tuesday, after Harris was arrested.
The U.S. Marshal's Office located him in Arlington, Texas. He currently sits in Arlington City Jail. According to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, he has to be transferred to the Tarrant County Jail and then decide whether he wants to be extradited.
Harris was out on bond on a principal to prostitution and cruelty to the infirmed charge. The charges stem from his alleged involvement in pranking two mentally challenged men and hiring a prostitute for one of them while working at Fire Station 8. Harris is due in court for a hearing Friday. It's unclear whether he'll be extradited by then. The trial for one of his previous charges is set for Aug. 18. His new attorney Carl Franklin said he has not talked to his client, and will not make any comments until he does.
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