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Man fires shot over land dispute
Hunnicutt faces multiple charges after firing shot at neighbor's car
Charles Hunnicutt

A man angry about a long-running property dispute fired shots at a man he said made "profane comments" to him, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.

Just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, Bulloch County Sheriff's Deputies Bob Dinello and Mark Guarino responded to a home on U.S. 80 East near Hagan Lane, where someone reported shots fired. The homeowner, Charles Hunnicutt, 60, told deputies he had been involved "in a verbal altercation with a neighbor who made profane comments to him while the neighbor was driving down Hagan Lane," he said.

In response to the offensive words, Hunnicutt took aim and fired at the vehicle in which the other man was driving, he said.

"Hunnicutt and the neighbor's father have been involved in a long-running property dispute, and five separate Bulloch County Sheriff's Office incident reports document this dispute," Anderson said. There have also been hearings in Bulloch County Magistrate Court regarding the dispute, he said.

Deputies spoke with the neighbor, who said he was the victim of the assault by Hunnicutt, and said the land dispute between his father and Hunnicutt was the "root of the problems," he said.

The victim was not injured and never left his vehicle, he said.

With evidence at the scene as well as statements from both Hunnicutt and the victim, deputies arrested Hunnicutt, charging him with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and discharging a firearm near a highway.

Hunnicutt was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he is being held without bond, Anderson said.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.


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