Man faces felony charge after police say he fired gun from vehicle

Published 7:18 pm Monday, September 11, 2017

A Hampton man faces felony charges after police say he fired a gun from his vehicle in front of a county home.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jessie Arnett, 70, 397 Browns Branch Road, Hampton, on Sunday evening and charged him with aggravated assault and felony reckless endangerment.

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Shortly before 6 p.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to a home on Rittertown Road after a 911 caller reported someone shooting at another individual.

When officers arrived in the area, they spoke with John “Benji” Hudson, who told officers a green SUV pulled up, pointed a long gun out the window, and fired a shot.

“(Hudson) stated the shooter didn’t say anything, only fired the shot and pulled away,” CCSO Deputy Nicholas Free said.

Deputies also spoke with Annette Hudson regarding the incident, and she also stated the green SUV pulled up, pointed a gun out the window, fired a shot, then left the scene.  She told officers the suspect lived on Browns Branch Road and had been arrested earlier this year for shooting at another person.

According to court documents, during the investigation officers developed Arnett as a suspect. Officers confirmed that Arnett owns a green 1995 Ford Bronco and was arrested earlier this year on charges of reckless endangerment and possession of a handgun while under the influence.

Free said officers went to Arnett’s home and placed him under arrest. Officers read Arnett his Miranda Rights, and he said he did not want to answer any questions. According to Free, while on the way to the Carter County Detention Center Arnett accused John Hudson of breaking into his home and stealing items.

According to court documents, deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Arnett on March 28 on charges of possession of a handgun while under the influence and two counts of reckless endangerment. In that incident, two men reported Arnett pulled up in a green SUV, fired two rounds from a pistol, and then pointed the gun at them while they were standing in the driveway of a residence on Browns Branch Road.

“Without being questioned Mr. Arnett stated that he had come there to get money that he had loaned a Robert Oliver,” CCSO Sgt. Issac Rhea said in the Affidavit of Complaint against Arnett. “Mr. Arnett stated that he pointed his pistol out the window of the vehicle and fired two rounds.”

Arnett entered a guilty plea to one count of reckless endangerment and possession of a handgun while under the influence on July 25. The second count of reckless endangerment was dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. ordered Arnett to pay $150 in fines as well as court costs, have no contact with Oliver, and to serve 11 months 29 days on probation.

Arnett appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Monday morning to be arraigned on the new charges against him. Bowers scheduled him to return to court on Oct. 10 with an attorney.