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Firefighter suspended after being charged with firing gun outside gas station

Corye Santez Martin, a 28-year-old Jackson firefighter, was arraigned Monday after being charged with firing a gun outside a Phillips 66 Saturday night. He is out on bond.
The Jackson Police Department

A Jackson firefighter was arraigned Monday after being charged with firing a gun outside a Phillips 66 Saturday night, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department.

The release said 28-year-old Corye Santez Martin, of Jackson, surrendered to police at 5 a.m. Monday. He was arraigned three hours later in Jackson City Court on charges of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon (a Class A misdemeanor) and vandalism in the March 8 incident.

Martin was released on a $50,000 bond from Madison County Jail around 10 a.m. Monday. His next court date is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on April 3 in city court.

Martin has also been suspended without pay from his duties as a firefighter with the Jackson Fire Department. He has been with the department for three years.

The release said around 9 p.m. on March 8, police were called about shots being fired outside Phillips 66, which is located at 1585 North Parkway. Police were told that the suspect had left the scene in a car before officers arrived.

The store clerk told police that a male customer walked behind the store counter, saying he was going to get some cigarettes. The customer had to be physically moved from behind the counter by the clerk. The clerk also explained to the customer that that they could get in trouble for a customer being in a restricted area.

The release said the customer purchased the cigarettes and walked to a car that was parked at the gas pumps. The clerk was standing outside when the customer retrieved a gun from inside the car and fired the gun three times towards the canopy that was covering the gas pumps. The bullets struck the canopy.

The release said Jackson police investigators identified Martin as the customer.

Police said the reasons for the charges were as follows: Martin firing the gun outside placed the clerk in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury and there was an estimated $100 worth of damage done to the canopy from the bullet holes .

Martin was not on duty when the incident occurred.