2013-08-23 by: Captain Homer DeLoach
|Interlachen, FL: On Thursday, August 22, 2013, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a possible armed disturbance call at 127 Lake Louise Circle.
Upon arrival, deputies were met by a hysterical female who indicated Jerry Hibbard was in the home, trying to kill her father-in-law, Joseph Leonard. The female told deputies that Joseph and Jerry were fighting in the bathroom with a knife. Deputies entered the residence and immediately heard an obvious altercation. Once at the bathroom door, deputies observed Jerry standing over Joseph with a large butcher knife and a wooden cane. Deputies observed Jerry attempting to stab Joseph with the knife and trying to choke Joseph with a hand around his neck. Deputies gave Joseph orders to drop the knife, however; he failed to comply initially. Deputies again ordered him to drop the knife, Jerry relaxed his grip and Joseph grabbed the knife from him, attempting to stab Jerry. According to the report, the bathroom walls and floor were covered in blood as a result of the stabbing and struggle.
Investigation revealed that Jerry entered the home without permission and confronted Joseph. The cause of the confrontation is unknown; however there was some indication of longstanding animosity between the two men.
Jerry Hibbard was arrested on charges of burglary and attempted first degree murder.