New Hanover County firefighter accused of damaging Wilmington fire station

Tyler James Morris (Photo: Wilmington Police Department)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County firefighter is out of jail on bond after he allegedly damaged the Wilmington Fire Department’s main headquarters and tried to steal a barbeque grill.

Wilmington Police arrested Tyler James Morris, 25, just before 1:00 a.m. on Monday for damage to the station at 801 Market Street.

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According to WPD spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron, a witness stated he heard someone making loud noises and beating on the windows at Fire Station 1 and when he went to check it out, he saw Morris standing near two broken window screens.

A grill from the fire station was also found in the middle of the sidewalk with Morris’s jacket near it.

Police say Morris admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages earlier in the day.

Morris was charged with damage to real property and attempted larceny of a BBQ. He received a $1,000 bond.

New Hanover County Spokeswoman Jessica Loeper confirms Morris is a firefighter and apparatus operator with the New Hanover County Fire Department. He has been with the county since November 2016.

Loeper says Morris is on paid administrative leave, which per county policy, is required until an investigation is complete.