An Alabama Fire Chief is currently disputing accusations that he was menacing to a group of real estate workers after he supposedly blocked the people from leaving, smashed a camera, and then pulled a gun on the group.
According to AL.com, Regina Lee had scheduled a marketing photoshoot to be performed at a Roswell, Georgia property on the day in question.
She brought along a team of photographers, makeup artist, and videographers to the property, which she arraigned and was confirmed by the listing agent.
While preparing to leave, Tarrant Fire Chief Jason Rickels and his wife arrived on the property and blocked in the real estate agent and her team. Police indicate that Rickels went up to the photographer, asked him what he was doing, saw the camera, grabbed and smashed it, and then pulled a gun on the group.
Melody Rickels arrived at the property first and called the police believing she was being burglarized. She had seen the group enter the property via her Ring video app. She also alerted her husband of what was happening.
Jason Rickels and his wife both did not believe what the group of people were telling them and told police they had thought it was a scam. That was proven false once the listing agent was contacted and the event confirmed.
Rickels did have a 9mm Ruger and turned it over to police after they asked for it.
He was held and released on bail, though charges were unclear. The dispute happened in mid-March.
The City of Tarrant stated it is reviewing the facts of the case and will look into whether Chief Rickels violated any city policies. It
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