Firefighter and paramedic Stefanie Silk, of Fort Lauderdale, and Plantation Police officer Cejay Rene Hammack were arrested in Tennessee on eight counts of reckless endangerment after allegedly firing into three occupied homes during a late-night target practice session. They were both taken into custody on June 8 and have since been released until their first-appearance court hearing on August 23. News sources did not specify attorneys for the pair.
According to the arrest report, Silk, 31, and Hammack, 28, were on the property of Christopher Majeske, a restaurant owner from Cleveland, Tennessee, when the alleged incident took place. The defendants were reportedly on vacation at the time.
The trio purportedly used an AR-15 rifle and two pistols in an attempt to shoot a 5-gallon water bottle on top of a trailer on Majeske’s property sometime after midnight. The police report states that there are woods and three houses at a considerable distance beyond the trailer, but that didn’t stop the fired bullets from reaching those residences.
James E. Bradford Jr., a spokesperson for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement that Majeske’s neighbors were woken up by the gunfire and called police. When deputies arrived at the scene, they reportedly witnessed bullets striking trees and random objects around the three homes.
Bullet holes were found in all three homes, including the kitchen and back door of one home and the bedroom wall of another home of a parent and four children. All the residents in the area were immediately evacuated as deputies tried to figure out where the gunfire came from.
Police initially thought someone was targeting the residents. Bradford stated that when performing target practice, it’s important to fire into an uninhabited area.
Silk has been a firefighter with Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue since 2007. Timothy Heiser, the fire department’s Deputy Chief, said Silk will be put on paid administrative leave when she returns pending the outcome of the court case. Heiser also praised Silk’s character and called her a “model employee.”
Hammack has been a patrol officer with Plantation Police since 2013. She is on restricted duty pending the outcome of the court case and an internal affairs investigation.