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UPDATE: Suspects arrested after shots fired at deputies in Monticello

Devonte Hawkins (left) and Trayrion Brown (right) were arrested Thursday after Jefferson County...
Devonte Hawkins (left) and Trayrion Brown (right) were arrested Thursday after Jefferson County deputies were shot at while responding to a house on Chestnut Street.(JCSO)
Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 5:00 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2022 at 2:19 PM EDT
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MONTICELLO, Fla. (WCTV) — The Jefferson County Sheriff says two suspects have been arrested after shots were fired at deputies Thursday afternoon in Monticello.

Sheriff Mac McNeil says the incident happened at a house off Chestnut Street, as deputies and Monticello police officers were there to speak with persons of interest in several felony cases.

When the deputies got out of their cars, one person in the group shot at them. A patrol car was hit on its driver’s side window, but the two deputies inside were not hit by bullets.

A perimeter was set up as multiple law enforcement agencies responded to cover the northeast section of the City of Monticello, a press release says.

The Florida Highway Patrol used a tracking K-9 and a drone to find the suspects.

JCSO says a few minutes after the shooting, deputies detained Devonte Hawkins, who was charged with two counts of attempted murder.

“Several of the individuals who ran from the scene were later found and interviewed by the JCSO Detectives and an investigator with the 2nd Judicial State Attorney’s Office,” the press release says.

Monticello police arrested a second man, Trayrion Brown, on counts of threatening to commit a mass shooting and violation of probation.

JCSO says multiple guns were recovered, and the scene was cleared around 11 p.m.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says suspects shot at deputies as they were following up...
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says suspects shot at deputies as they were following up on an ongoing investigation at a home on Chestnut Street Thursday afternoon.(Savannah Kelley -- WCTV)

Two deputies from the sheriff’s office received medical attention on the scene from Jefferson County Fire Rescue for minor injuries from broken glass, the press release says.

“I would like to personally thank all of the agencies who assisted with this incident and all of the agencies from the surrounding counties who called to offer whatever help we needed. We especially appreciate this community’s outpouring of support and their support of law enforcement as a whole,” Sheriff McNeill says.

The following agencies responded to the scene Thursday:

  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Monticello Police Department
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement

You can read WCTV’s initial story about the shots fired below.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says suspects shot at deputies as they were following up on an ongoing investigation at a house on Chestnut Street.

MONTICELLO, Fla. (WCTV) - The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says suspects shot at deputies as they were following up on an ongoing investigation at a house on Chestnut Street Thursday afternoon.

According to Sheriff Mac McNeil, when the deputies got out of their cars, the suspects fired two or three shots at the deputies and then ran away from the scene.

One of the shots hit a police car, but no deputies were injured. The sheriff’s office is actively looking for the suspects now.

Chestnut Street is off of Highway 90 North and is mainly on the northeast side of the city.

The sheriff’s office said on Facebook all four suspects are black males in their late teens. The post had the following description of what they were wearing:

  • Red shirt and black joggers
  • Burgundy shirt, black joggers, white shoes and a head wrap
  • Gray hoodie, black shorts and black shoes
  • Orange long sleeve shirt, dark shorts and white shoes

The sheriff says there is no threat to the public.

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