(UPDATED) Arrest made in Jones Valley shooting incident

Dec 31, 2013 12:25 PM

(UPDATE) 2:45 p.m. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has released more details regarding the shooting and subsequent arrest in Jones Valley yesterday.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was at the scene investigating the circumstances of the first shooting in which a bullet went through the kitchen window of a home when a second bullet struck the same window and crashed into a flower pot on the kitchen counter. Debris from the window and flower pot hit the deputy but he was uninjured.

As responding deputies began to canvass the area, a suspected residence of where the shots were fired that morning was located and two witnesses also stated they heard gunshots from the suspect residence earlier in the morning.

Deputies contacted the owner of the home, identified as Gregory Stephen Hackstaff, who told deputies he was protecting his property because he had been ripped off. While Hackstaff was being questioned he denied shooting a gun but admitted he recently had problems with trespassers stealing items from his property. The Sheriff’s Office stated Hackstaff also admitted to firing a shotgun earlier in the week at suspected trespassers.

During their investigation deputies determined areas on Hackstaff’s property were in direct line of sight with the victim residence which is a distance deputies estimated at roughly 400 yards. A search warrant was eventually obtained for Hackstaff’s residence where several firearms and rounds of ammunitions were seized as evidence. Hackstaff was arrested shortly after where he remains in the Shasta County Jail.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office arrested 43-year-old Gregory Stephen Hackstaff on suspicion of shooting an inhabited dwelling and discharging a firearm with gross negligence in Jones Valley yesterday morning, according to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Log. He is currently being held in the Shasta County Jail on $500,000 bail.

Just after 5 a.m. Monday morning, a Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a home at the 13000 block of East Valley Trail in Jones Valley after the residents reported a bullet came through their kitchen window, according to the Sheriff’s Log. While the deputy was within the home a second bullet nearly struck the deputy which sparked a large manhunt and the closure of Dry Creek Road for several hours. A total of 24 law enforcement officers responded to the incident.

There were no reported injuries.

We are awaiting confirmation on when and where Hackstaff was arrested as well as what type of weapon was used during the incident. It also remains unclear if Hackstaff had any connection with the family involved in the incident.


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