Bell woman held on $6M bond for attempted murder

A Nov. 11 domestic disturbance shooting led to a Bell woman’s arrest in Gilchrist County on charges that included attempted murder.

Samantha Jane Long
Courtesy of Gilchrist County Jail Samantha Jane Long

According to a Gilchrist County Sherriff’s Office (GCSO) release, deputies arrested Samantha Jane Long, 31, of Bell, on Wednesday in connection with the Nov. 11 incident. They charged her with attempted premeditated murder and felony child abuse and are holding her on a $6 million bond.

On Nov. 11, deputies responded to 7189 NW 52nd Street in Bell after 1 p.m. to the report of a domestic disturbance involving a person shot.

The victim left the scene and encountered Gilchrist County Fire Rescue units, who provided medical attention.

Deputies went to the incident location and the GCSO Criminal Investigation Division conducted a preliminary inspection, which led to multiple search warrants. Following the investigation, probable cause led to Long’s arrest. According to the GCSO, the evidence revealed that Long – who initially claimed self-defense – had shot the victim without provocation more than once with a .40 caliber handgun. The shooting took place within feet of a child, GCSO reported.

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