Deputies: High Springs man threatens sleepwalker, shoots sofa


Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 11:26 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 8:59 p.m.

Deputies arrested a High Springs man after they alleged he shot his own couch, threatened to kill his neighbors and pumped his shotgun in front of the deputies.

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Ronnie M. Hammond

Ronnie M. Hammond, 59, was arrested early Tuesday by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

In Hammond’s arrest report, Deputy Matthew Yakubsin said the incident began when a 24-year-old sleepwalking neighbor walked to Hammond’s home and asked him for help.

A witness said Hammond responded by going back into his home and retrieving a shotgun. The witness told deputies Hammond returned to the door, pumped the shotgun, pointed it at the sleepwalking man and threatened to kill him.

The victim’s father walked up on the scene and told Hammond the sleepwalker was not doing anything but asking for help, the witness and the father told deputies.

They also said that Hammond turned the gun on the father, threatened to kill him too, and pumped the shotgun twice more.

The father helped his son flee from the property, the witness said, and Hammond walked up and down his property pumping his shotgun until deputies arrived.

Yakubsin said Hammond went back into his house when he spotted deputies, walked back outside once, then went back inside and fired one round from the gun into his couch. After that, Hammond surrendered to deputies.

Yakubsin said there were four rounds left in the chamber when deputies picked up the shotgun.

Hammond was booked into the Alachua County jail.

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