HCSO : Home invasion leads to gunfire, assault, vandalism

Hall County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Gillsville man on numerous charges, including home invasion and aggravated assault, following a Friday evening family violence incident in which a 79-year-old woman was reportedly attacked.


“Deputies responded to a residence in the 3000 block of Holly Springs Road at approximately 5:30 p.m. to a report of abnormal behavior. According to the preliminary investigation, the suspect, Jimmy Lee Ledford, 57, fired a shotgun at a pickup truck the female victim, 79, was sitting in. The gunfire damaged a tire on the truck, but no one was hurt.

The victim went into the residence and called 911. Ledford forced his way into the house, confronted the victim and shoved her. He damaged various items in the home, including a slow cooker, two doors and a lamp. Ledford ran out of the house and toward his nearby residence.

Deputies located Ledford and the shotgun inside of his residence. He was taken into custody without incident. Deputies obtained arrest warrants charging him with the following offenses.

·         First-degree home invasion (felony)

·         Aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act (felony) 

·         Exploitation of an elder person (felony)

·         Second-degree criminal damage to property (felony)

·         Possession of firearm during commission of a crime (felony)

·         Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (felony)

·         Simple battery under the Family Violence Act (misdemeanor)

·         Discharge of a firearm on the property of another (misdemeanor)

·         Discharge of a firearm on/near public highway (misdemeanor)

Deputies transported Ledford to the Hall County Jail where he remained held without bond on Monday, April 15.”