A 32-year-old man alleged he was protecting his children after holding four people at gunpoint, two of whom were juveniles, in his Dunnellon home on Friday, April 2, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) arrest affidavit.
Brandon Jones was arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, without intent to kill. Bond was set at $8,000.
A deputy reportedly made contact with multiple witnesses outside a Dunnellon residence who were panicked and upset, after responding to a weapons incident call for service. Witnesses advised that they were invited to the residence by the defendant’s wife.
While sitting inside the living room of the residence, the witnesses reportedly heard a pounding at the front door. The defendant, later identified as Jones, opened the front door and entered the home with a rifle, which he pointed at the juveniles who were sitting on the couch.
The defendant allegedly entered the back bedroom where another witness was sleeping. Jones then placed the barrel of the rifle against her temple, waking her up.
The witness reported that she was fearful the defendant would shoot and kill her due to mistaking her for the defendant’s wife, who had previously left the residence with a friend. She also stated that she was held at gunpoint by the defendant and walked into the living room with the other witnesses.
According to the report, all four witnesses corroborated that the defendant continuously pointed the rifle back and forth between their heads and chests while threatening to shoot and kill them.
The defendant reportedly made spontaneous statements to a deputy on scene to the effect of, “there was a bunch of random people in my house I went back inside with my 9mm carbine to protect my kids who were asleep in the back bedroom.” Post Miranda, the defendant advised that he did not wish to make a statement.
Jones was placed under arrest and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility.