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Blotter: Man fired gun multiple times inside motel room, police say

Police evacuated the entire third floor of a west Denton motel Monday night after a man fired a gun multiple times from inside his room, according to an arrest affidavit. 

Nathaniel HardonDenton Police Department
Nathaniel Hardon
Denton Police Department

Nathaniel Hardon, 40, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. No one was injured in the shooting, police said. 

Police were dispatched to Howard Johnson Express Inn, in the 3100 block of Bandera Street, at about 10 p.m. after Hardon called 911 several times from inside his third-floor room. The dispatcher said he didn't speak during the calls and left the line open. At one point, the dispatcher heard a loud bang, according to the arrest affidavit. 

After police learned that Hardon checked into the room, they realized he previously called police from Quality Inn & Suites in the 1500 block of Dallas Drive. The affidavit did not specify the time of that call, but Hardon told the dispatcher there were about 10 people outside his room with guns. At the time, he agreed to go to a mental health treatment center but later declined an evaluation, police said.  

At the Howard Johnson hotel, police found two bullet holes in the wall outside Hardon's room. A bullet was lodged inside one of the holes, police said. 

After police evacuated the third floor, they discovered two more bullet holes in the room directly below Hardon's room, the affidavit said. 

Backup arrived on the scene as police contacted Hardon by phone from outside the room. Police said he agreed to come out of the room unarmed and was eventually detained. 

Police found a loaded gun inside the room along with several bullet holes. In total, officers collected six spent shell casings and nine unfired rounds, the affidavit said. 

Police also found two prescription bottles of antidepressant and antipsychotic medication on the floor between the two beds, the document states. 

Police said he was convicted of a felony in 2015 and could not carry a firearm. 

Other reports 

700 block of Headlee Street — An 83-year-old woman sent $2,400 to a scammer who claimed to be her grandson, according to police.  

The woman's daughter called police about the incident at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, but no arrests were made. The report did not include further information.  

200 block of West Collins Street — A local towing company reported a stolen vehicle to Denton police Tuesday. 

The police report did not include where the towing company, On the Road Again, had picked up the vehicle. Police said it had been stolen in Grand Prairie, and they notified the city's police department. 

No arrests were made. 


From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 776 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 34 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 165 calls for service and made seven arrests.