Trenton man fires shotgun, threatens GCSO deputies 

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A Trenton man was arrested after yelling threats and firing twice near Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) deputies on Saturday.  
According to a GCSO release, deputies arrested Jonathon Hampton, 33, of Trenton and charged him with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting without violence, using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest with violence.  

The incident started when GCSO deputies responded to a well-being check for a female living at a home off NE 18th Trail in Trenton at 10:54 p.m. Upon arrival, they spoke to a female in the driveway leading to the residence regarding a disturbance at the home.  

Jonathon Hampton
Courtesy of Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Jonathon Hampton

A few minutes later, a shotgun was allegedly fired from an area near the residence that hit around 20 to 30 yards from the deputies. The person who fired the first shot was not visible and, after firing a second shot, he shouted threats to deputies saying if they wanted to go home, they needed to leave.  
Deputies gave several verbal commands to Hampton, who eventually came into sight and appeared to be unarmed. Hampton continued to resist deputies but was eventually handcuffed and arrested. Deputies located a shotgun a short distance from Hampton and took it in for evidence.  
In the release, Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz thanked the deputies, communication officers, correctional deputies, the Trenton Department of Public Safety, and the Gilchrist County Fire/Rescue services for their assistance.  

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“Being a Deputy Sheriff inherently brings risks and dangers,” Schultz said in the release. “There is no such thing as a “routine call or traffic stop”. We train to be vigilant and cognizant of dangers at all times and in all places. I am proud of each member of our office and all they do to exemplify the ‘One Team, One Mission’ concept day and night. I am beyond grateful that God protected our deputies during this situation and that they were able to resolve the situation safely and without injury.” 

Hampton’s bond was set at $1.5 million.  

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