Woman charged for obstructing firefighters

by Wes Mayer

A woman who allegedly threw gravel at Coweta County firefighters fighting a house fire and attempting to resuscitate a victim in late December turned herself in to the Coweta County Jail on Tuesday.

Jacqueline Marie Supienski, 32, was charged with obstruction or hindering a firefighter after turning herself in, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire, which caused extensive damage to a home on Rollingwood Trail off Fischer Road on Dec. 27, also took the life of John Gortner, Supienski’s husband, Yarbrough said. Gortner was found unconscious inside the home by Coweta firefighters. Gortner was later flown by helicopter to the Atlanta Medical Center where he died from smoke inhalation injuries the next night.

Because of Gortner’s passing and because Supienski’s three children are under the age of 9, Coweta County investigators worked with the Department of Family and Children Services and planned to have Supienski turn herself in on Tuesday, Yarbrough said. A $3,000 bond was posted for Supienski’s release on Tuesday.

Supienski was charged for allegedly throwing gravel at Coweta County firefighters at the scene. Another man at the scene, Karl Becker, 29, jumped on a firefighter while crews were attempting to resuscitate Gortner, according to authorities. Coweta County deputies eventually had to use an electric stun gun on Becker to take him into custody. He faced a number of obstruction charges, including one for attempting to kick out a window in a deputies’ vehicle.

According to Yarbrough, the exact cause of the fire on Rollingwood Trail was not determined, but authorities suspect it may have been electrical.



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