|Shooting Suspect Incarcerated|
|By Major Shawn Kimmitz|
|March 28, 2022|
A Stafford man is in jail after firing a handgun numerous times at his neighbor Sunday morning.
At 8:40 a.m. on March 27th the Stafford County Emergency Communications Center received 911 calls for shots fired on Aster Lane off of Bells Hill Road. A resident had walked outside his home and greeted his neighbor, Scott Jones, 52, asking if Jones was okay. Unprovoked, Jones responded with a “no,” and brandished a handgun, firing numerous times at the victim, as the victim retreated back into his home.
Jones followed into the victim’s home, continuing to fire indiscriminately toward the victim. Although there was significant damage to the home from the bullets, the victim and his family were not injured. The victim yelled at Jones to get out, and Jones left the home, walking across the street to another neighbor’s porch.
Jones began to ring that doorbell and knock and kick on the door. These neighbors observed Jones had the firearm in his hand, so they reinforced their door and called 911. There is no known animosity between Jones and his neighbors.
Sergeant A.I. Assur and Deputy C.R. Szentkuti arrived within four minutes of dispatch and cautiously approached the scene. They confronted Jones, who was still on the neighbor’s porch with the gun in his hand. He was ordered to drop the gun and complied. As the deputies gave orders to Jones to surrender, he suddenly charged directly at the deputies. The deputies were able to use a taser and OC spray to get Jones into custody.
Jones was checked for injuries and cleared at the hospital. He was subsequently charged with attempted malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, burglary while armed with a deadly weapon, shooting into an occupied dwelling, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
Thank you to everyone who called to report this incident and update the location of the suspect. Excellent work by these courageous deputies to rush to the scene and handle this violent, aggressive suspect.