A homeless man was arrested on reckless conduct and possession of firearm by a convicted felon charges after firing a shotgun at Wal-Mart on Sunday evening.
According to the official incident report, Calhoun Police responded to Wal-Mart, located at 450 West Belmont Drive, around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16. The police were dispatched to an RV sitting near the wood line of the grocery store side of the building in reference to a man firing a gun into the woods.
Upon arrival, officers spoke with the owner of the RV identified as Patricia Fey. She told officers that her boyfriend, Douglas Calvin Hastings, 52, listed as homeless, had fired his shotgun into the wood line to clear the gun. Officers asked to talk to Hastings but he barricaded himself in the back bedroom of the RV, which is registered in Florida.
Officers entered the RV, where Hastings told them that he did shoot his gun but was not coming out of the RV and would kill himself or one of the officers if the police came into the room. Officers noted that there were several empty cans of alcoholic beverages on the kitchen sink and dining table of the RV.
According to the report, Hastings stayed barricaded in the back room for approximately five hours.
Witnesses told police that they saw Hastings fire a gun into the woods and walk back into the RV.
As the evening progressed, officers observed Hastings from outside the RV, watching him exit the back room several time with a shotgun, grabbing cans of alcoholic beverages from the kitchen sink. Hastings finally gave up without incident sometime after 11 p.m. and was taken into custody, where he was transported to Gordon County Jail. He was charged with one count of reckless conduct and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.