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3 Charged In Murfreesboro Fireworks Incident

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3 Charged In Murfreesboro Fireworks Incident

CREATED Jul 4, 2014
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Three people were taken into custody after Murfreesboro Police officers responded to a report of someone shooting off fireworks. One of the three was charged with inciting a riot.

An arrest report from the Murfreesboro Police Department said officers were called to the area of University Street and Reid Avenue on Tuesday night. Police said that's when someone started shooting mortar-style fireworks at officers. Those are illegal within city limits.

"They were shooting at the police cars and at police officers too, but the call originated that they were shooting other people's houses and they were shooting at other people," said Major Clyde Adkison with Murfreesboro Police.

Responding officers soon spotted two people, who then took off running. Those two people were taken into custody at a dead end on Sun Circle after a short chase.

While arresting the two men, identified as 19-year-old Javoseia Gooch and 19-year-old Dumarcus Voorhies, officers said a large group of people approached them.

A man in the crowd allegedly was yelling at the officers and continued to approach even after he was warned to leave several times. One officer said he was overheard asking the crowd if “they were going to allow the police to do this.”

Murfreesboro Police then took 22-year-old Javaria Miles into custody, and charged him with inciting a riot. Gooch and Voorhies were charged with resisting arrest and vandalism.

Javoseia Gooch was released from jail and back in his neighborhood Thursday. He told NewsChannel 5's Jennifer Reyes he did not shoot fireworks at police officers, and he doesn't know who did.

"They really don't know who was shooting, it was over 20 people up in here, they were just chasing us,” he said.


Gooch's mother said her two sons know which fireworks are legal and said she's surprised at how quickly things escalated with police

"It just got pushed out of hand and I think MPD just went overboard for no reason,” Veronica Gooch said.

Murfreesboro Police Officers didn't take this lightly with good reason. A few years ago, a police officer's uniform caught on fire when someone threw a firework at the officer. A patrol car was also damaged.


In 2007, a Springfield Police officer suffered burns and a concussion after a firework exploded in his face. He'd been responding to a riot sparked by an out of control celebration. That incident resulted in the ban of fireworks within the Springfield city limits.