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Distraught and Armed Man Talked from Tree Stand

Jan 20, 2017

On Friday January 20, 2017 at approximately 1:50 pm, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to 1195 Bardin Road in reference to the report of a 65-year-old white male indicating he wished to harm himself. The subject took a handgun and a shotgun and went into a wooded area behind his residence. Family members located the subject in a tree stand in a densely wooded part of the property but he refused to come down firing a single shot into the air and demanding they leave.

Members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and Crisis Intervention negotiators responded. A perimeter was established to ensure the man didn’t slip away into the woods and an armored vehicle was moved into position to provide negotiators cover from which to begin a dialog with the subject. The subject remained uncooperative and began to periodically fire shots from both the handgun and shotgun. Approximately a dozen shots were fired by the subject over a period of several hours after deputies arrived.

Eventually, the negotiators were able to talk the subject out of the tree stand and into putting the shotgun aside. However, the subject became uncooperative again and began moving into heavy brush while still armed with the handgun. The man eventually shot himself in the right shoulder before putting down the weapon and complying with commands to leave the wooded area and move toward the deputies.

The subject was then secured without any use of force and immediately provided with medical attention for the self- inflicted wound. The subject was then ground transported to Orange Park Medical Center by rescue personnel. His wound did not appear to be life threatening.

Sheriff Gator DeLoach was at the scene throughout the incident and was an active participant in the command of the operation. In reference to the incident, Sheriff DeLoach said “This was a very difficult operation. Approaching a heavily armed subject in his own tree stand makes for a very dangerous situation. He had the advantage of elevation and sightlines and was in an area he obviously knows like the back of his hand. Our Crisis negotiators did a fabulous job in coaxing him out of the stand and into discarding the shotgun. I am also extremely pleased and impressed with the compassion and restraint shown by all the deputies involved especially during the periods when the subject was actively shooting. The entire operation reflects extremely well on both their training and professionalism. I could not be more proud of everyone involved. My thanks to them for a job well done.”

Updated: Divers Searching for Missing Boater in Grandin Lake

Jan 18, 2017

Update:
On Thursday January 19, 2017, at approximately 10:00 am, divers from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, The Clay County Sheriff’s Office and The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office located the body of Kenneth Edward McCann Jr. The recovery was made near the location Mr. McCann was last seen in the water after his fishing boat capsized on Grandin Lake early yesterday morning.

Interlachen, FL: On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at approximately 5:30 am, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to Grandin Lake in Western Putnam County in reference to reports of someone calling for help. When they arrived in the area they realized the cries were coming from the waters of the lake. Deputy Aaron Holland and Sergeant Shannon Depew knocked on doors of nearby houses until they found a property owner with a boat who was willing to take them out to the person in the water. After rescuing a 33-year-old male they learned another man was still in the water as a result of their small fishing boat capsizing. The missing boater has been identified as 56 –year-old Kenneth Edward McCann Jr.

The search for Mr. McCann continued until well after sunup when it was determined there was little chance he had survived. At that time divers from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Recovery Unit began recovery efforts. Divers form the Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist with the search.

The recovery efforts continued until diving was temporarily suspended at sun down. Divers from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, The Clay County Sheriff’s Office and The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office are expected to resume the search shortly after first light tomorrow morning. Marine Officers from The Florida Wildlife Commission will continue searching and maintain security at the scene throughout the night.

Father Arrested for Leaving Toddler Unattended

Jan 17, 2017

Brandon Overton On January 16, 2017 at approximately 10:00 am, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies responded to 117 Fred Street, Interlachen Florida in reference to the report of an unattended child. At the residence, they made contact with a neighbor who said she had discovered a one year old male child wandering in the yard at 117 Fred Street while unattended. The neighbor said it was the second time within an hour and a half that she had found the child outside by himself. She said the first time she had knocked on the door and was able to wake up the child’s father, later identified as 23-year-old Brandon Overton, who told her the child had wandered off while he (the father) was inside sleeping. The second time the neighbor saw the child alone in the yard she said she was unable to get anyone to come to the door and had then called the Sheriff’s Office. After speaking with Overton, Deputy Darren Riley placed him under arrest and transported him to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one count of child neglect. Overton is currently being held on a $10,000 bond.

Overton was also arrested and charged with child neglect on October 1, 2016 for allowing another child (a three year old male) to wander off from the same residence while he (the father) was inside sleeping.

Trio Arrested for Production of Methamphetamine

Jan 13, 2017

Amanda Hall, Christopher White, Chad Parrotte On January 12, 2017 at approximately 10:15 am, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies Justin Rich, Kyle Simmons, Josh Lewis and Sean Anderson went to 1601 High Street, Palatka Florida looking for a person with an active arrest warrant. At the residence they spoke with 27-year-old Christopher White who gave them permission to search the house for the subject. Inside the residence the deputies found 28-year-old Amanda Hale and 36-year-old Chad Parrotte along with a baggie of methamphetamine and numerous other items associated with the production of methamphetamine all located within plain view. These items included, old or used one pot methamphetamine labs, multiple packets of pseudoephedrine tables, lithium strips from batteries and numerous hypodermic needles. Christopher White was also found to be concealing an active one pot meth lab in his pants. The weight of the pseudoephedrine tables totaled 38 grams and the weight of the methamphetamine totaled 6 grams. Members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit responded to assist with the investigation.

Hale, White and Parrotte were placed under arrest, transported to the Putnam County Jail and booked on the following charges:

Hale - one count of the production of drugs, one count of the possession of drugs, one count of trafficking amphetamines, one count of the possession of drug equipment, and a failure to appear. She is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.

White - one count of producing drugs, two counts of trafficking amphetamines, one count of the possession of drug equipment. He is currently being held on a $55,500 bond.

Parrotte - one count of producing drugs. He is currently being held on a $5,000 bond.

Sheriff Gator DeLoach said “These fine young deputies have placed three criminals who were heavily involved in the use, manufacture and sale of dangerous drugs behind bars. The streets of our County are undoubtedly safer today because of their actions”.

Interlachen Woman Arrested for Aggravated Assault

Jan 10, 2017

Katie Horner On January 8, 2017 at approximately 11:45 pm, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies and Major Crime Unit detectives responded to 159 West Strickland Road, Interlachen Florida in reference to a domestic related disturbance. At the residence, they discovered 54-year-old Mark Joseph Horner to have been stabbed two times in the back. The ensuing investigation led to the arrest of Horner’s daughter, 32-year-old Katie Elaine Horner.

Katie Horner was transported to the Putnam County Jail where she was booked on one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Horner is currently being held on a $25,000 bond.

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