A Florida man was arrested and is being held on no bond in a shooting that happened on an undeveloped lot at 4:00 am on Monday.
Joshua Richard Huston, 47, is facing attempted murder and first-degree felony charges in Santa Rosa County after shooting a 44-year-old man who was trespassing on his undeveloped land, according to authorities.
According to investigators, deputies responded to the reported shooting at 2075 Pine Ranch Drive in Navarre on Monday at 2 a.m.
Deputies say they spoke with Huston, who owns the undeveloped lot, with his wife, Tiffany Huston, where the shooting happened.
“It was determined that Huston had fired the weapon at an individual who was trespassing in the undeveloped lot. The wounded victim had left the area and was later located by our Bloodhound Unit, where he was identified as Jeremiah Hamilton, 44 years old. Hamilton was transported to receive medical treatment for his injuries,” said Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.
Hamilton was unable to make a statement to deputies as he was “medically intubated and unconscious,” according to an arrest report.
In a twist of timing for this arrest, Huston’s wife, Tiffany Huston, is a staffer for Democratic Candidate Rebekah Jones.
Jones is challenging incumbent Rep. Matt Gaetz in the midterm today for Florida’s 1st Congressional District.
Jones’s claim to fame is that she was a “whistleblower” who claimed Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis was cooking the books on COVID-19 deaths to make the state’s response look better than it was.
As it turned out, Jones never had access to the data she claim to have changed, a DOH inspector general’s report concluded her story was without merit and unsubstantiated, and she’s being investigated for having pilfered DOH data that she was not allowed to have.
Jones is scheduled to stand trial on January 23 in Leon County, on allegations that she improperly accessed a department computer system.