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HCSO says man who fired at officers used AR-15

October 17th, 2013 11:12 pm by Jeff Bobo

HCSO says man who fired at officers used AR-15


ROGERSVILLE — Trevor Lee Burton was sentenced to jail time Thursday on a 2012 DUI arrest, but charges stemming from an alleged shootout with police last week were going to keep Burton in jail for a while anyway.

Burton, 44, 236 Campbell Drive, Rogersville, remains held without bond in the Hawkins County Jail charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder stemming from an incident that started the evening of Oct. 10 when shots were allegedly fired at children and adults on a hay ride.

Earlier this week HCSO Detective Jeff Greer filed an arrest warrant affidavit on Burton’s attempted murder charges which reveals previously unreleased information such as the type of weapon Burton allegedly fired at deputies — an AR-15 assault rifle with a 30-round clip.

That rifle was recovered in a dug-out foxhole in the woods near Burton’s home following an eight-hour standoff with police.

On Oct. 10 around 8:15 p.m., HCSO Deputies Ken Ferguson, Eric Peace and Jeremy Nash were dispatched to Caney Creek Road north of Rogersville on a complaint of a man shooting at hay ride participants near the Campbell Heights subdivision.

Witnesses told the responding deputies that a man had fired shots at them as their hay ride drove through a field behind Burton’s residence at 236 Campbell Drive.

The motive for those initial shots wasn’t known as of Thursday, and Burton has reportedly refused to give a statement.

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson told the Times-News Thursday that Burton was drinking alcohol at the time, and neighbors indicated that gunshots being fired from Burton’s residence is a regular occurrence.

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