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Debris ricochets, strikes deputy in Jones Valley shooting

Published On: Dec 31 2013 08:22:20 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 31 2013 02:00:00 AM CST

43-year-old Gregory Hackstaff, of Jones Valley, was arrested following a shooting that brought out SWAT team members.

Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes investigators said the incident started just after 5 a.m. Monday, when a report of a single gunshot was called in.

Investigators said a home on the 13000 block of East Valley Trail was hit by a single bullet, which entered a window and was lodged in the home’s kitchen floor.

A deputy was inside the home, investigating the scene when a second shot was fired, shattering the window and striking a nearby flower pot. The debris ricocheted, hitting the deputy, who wasn’t injured.

Swat was immediately called out and heavily armed officers swarmed the area.

Investigators found the bullets came from a home about 400-yards away, off Dry Creek Road, where Hackstaff was the only one home at the time.

Hackstaff claimed he was protecting his property from trespassers. He also told investigators he had been ripped off earlier in the week.

Hackstaff admitted to investigators that he did fire his shotgun earlier in the week, but he denied firing a weapon Monday morning.

Detectives obtained a search warrant of the property, where numerous guns and ammunition were seized as evidence.

Hackstaff was arrested on charges of shooting into an inhabited dwelling and discharging a firearm with gross negligence.

Hackstaff is being held in the Shasta County jail on $500,000 bail.