A Logan resident was arrested Aug. 30 after authorities were called to a scene in Proctor Bottom in the Buffalo Creek area of Logan County on complaints of an intoxicated male with a rifle making threats.
Deputy D.J. Miller, with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, reports he responded to the call at Proctor Bottom, and Miller was informed Fred Hampton, 65, of Logan, was near a neighbor’s residence holding a .22 caliber rifle.
Upon his arrival, Miller reports Hampton did not have a gun and was on his neighbor’s porch. Miller was able to talk Hampton off of the porch and Hampton allegedly admitted to putting the gun away before law enforcement arrived.
While questioning Hampton, Miller reports he appeared be intoxicated and that Hampton admitted to drinking half of a pint of liquor. Miller was eventually able to gather that someone from Hampton’s home had fled to the neighbor’s home out of fear and that Hampton had attempted to use a the .22 caliber rifle to confront them.
Miller was able to find the rifle Miller had allegedly brandished, and, after checking the rifle’s serial number, Miller was informed it had been reported as stolen.
Hampton was arrested Aug. 29 and arraigned in Logan County Magistrate Court Aug. 30 and is charged with receiving stolen property and brandishing a deadly weapon. If he is found guilty on all charges, Hampton could be forced to spend up to two years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $3,500 in fines.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]