Police: Man Charged With Firing Gun in Public Place

Prince William County Police arrested Damitri Deron Burks, 25, of Manassas, on multiple firearms-related charges.

Prince William County police said that a Manassas man was recently charged on multiple counts after he allegedly fired a gun in the air and left the loaded handgun where a child could access it. 

Damitri Deron Burks, 25, of the 11000 block of Koman Circle in Manassas, was charged with discharging a firearm in a public place, reckless handling of a firearm, endangering a child with an unsecured loaded firearm, possession of a firearm with drugs, and three counts of possession of a schedule I or II narcotic. 

Police responded to the incident on Oct. 6, at 10:10 p.m., when witnesses reported that a man was arguing with an unknown woman in a parking lot near Koman Cir. and Jepson Dr. The man, who was later identified as Burks, allegedly fired a handgun into the air, then went inside a home nearby. Officers detained Burks when he left the building. 

A woman and 2-year-old girl were unharmed inside the building, but a loaded handgun was left in plain view inside the residence where the girl could access it, police said. After officers executed a search warrant, they found a number of guns and prescription medications.

Officers then arrested Burks, who was held on a $10,000 secured bond. His court date was set for Nov. 7. 

Editor's note: The preceding information was provided by the Prince William County Police Department. Where arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction. 

Steve Randolph October 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Please note the 11000 block of Koman Circle is in Prince William County and not, as erronously stated, "in Manassas". Criminal events reported in Prince William should be properly identified as being in that jurisdiction.


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