ECSO: Cantonment Man Hit Neighbor With Shovel In Fence Dispute

July 8, 2019

An dispute between Cantonment neighbors over a fence landed one of them in jail on a felony charge.

Starford Lee Jones, 75, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after allegedly striking his neighbor with a shovel.

The victim told deputies that he was preparing to work on the fence when Jones ran toward him with a shovel in his hand yelling “get away from the fence”. Jones then hit the fence with the shovel before hitting the victim in his upper arm and lower leg, according to arrest report. Deputies documented a small scratch on the victim’s lower leg.

A witness provided deputies with a cell phone video of the incident. Deputies were able to see Jones swing the shovel toward the victim and hit the fence, but they were unable to tell what happened in the physical altercation due to the cell phone video shaking.

Jones stated he saw the victim at the fence, ran toward him with the shovel and hit the fence with the shovel to scare him away, the report states. Jones said the victim hit him and knocked him to the ground.

Jones was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $2,500 bond.


12 Responses to “ECSO: Cantonment Man Hit Neighbor With Shovel In Fence Dispute”

  1. Chenel on July 10th, 2019 11:00 am

    Well I love how people but they input in about some they don’t know my granddaddy is not mad cause he old that the first thing second that his property period don’t cut nothing that don’t belongs this been going on for years now he have a right to defend his self and property last but not least Yvonne he do have big money what you mean what you mad about hunni we the Jones hunni and the courts rule that he can put that fence there cause it his property now don’t talk about anything you don’t know about my granddaddy lived his best life and still doing it he not mad about begin old now y’all have a bless day

  2. Jacqueline findley on July 10th, 2019 4:29 am

    Wow!!!! Pray for your neighbors?

  3. Sheila Smith on July 8th, 2019 9:57 pm

    If the courts have handled this, Mr. Jones needs to move his fence onto his own property solves the problem. The victim may be able to sue Mr. Jones for the cost of property it sits on. You need to talk to a land attorney. I am not legal educated, this is my opinion.

  4. tg on July 8th, 2019 3:42 pm

    Time for a survey to say whos fence it is.

  5. dee dee on July 8th, 2019 3:06 pm

    Sounds like you have all the facts,Right is Right Wrong is Wrong get it together People cant claim something or get mad if its not yours…Peace To Everyone Involved ..I still say it went to far all uncalled for didn’t have to happen like that…Just sayin

  6. yvonne on July 8th, 2019 1:35 pm

    Speak facts, first of all Mr. Jones fence is on the neighbor property, this has been an ongoing dispute that the courts have handled, Jones is just mad because he has to pay for his fence being on the neighbor property. COME ON BIG MONEY JONES, move your fence off the neighbor property, you don’t own everything hahaha

  7. Southbound on July 8th, 2019 1:09 pm

    I thought fences made good neighbors.. Apparently not!

  8. dee dee on July 8th, 2019 10:55 am

    When people ask you to leave them alone Believe it, you may not like them and they may not like you,but it doesn’t give others the right to do as they please to a persons property ,vandalize, trespass etc. People Stay in your lane….Stop Throwing Rocks and hide your hand.This man should not have went to jail out of frustration….Good Luck to you Sir….

  9. John on July 8th, 2019 9:14 am

    Well there is a problem here that they need to work out.That no reason to come swing a shovel at some one just because he’s old he’s lucky that it wasn’t someone that carry’s a gun or for that matter didn’t grab something swing back for the man that had the shovel ur neighbors is not worth going to jail for I had and issues with a neighbor before had words with him I just call the law hope y’all get it work out

  10. A.Alex on July 8th, 2019 8:08 am

    “Pissed about being old? I think God for allowing me to get this old age

  11. Bewildered on July 8th, 2019 7:07 am

    Seems like an ongoing dispute between the neighbors and a “staged” altercation. It’s not normal for anyone to work in the yard and have someone taping the activities.

  12. Russ Farley on July 8th, 2019 6:24 am

    Two thoughts here….instead of taking pictures, why not help prevent the situation. Secondly don’t mess with us seniors….we’re already pissed about being old.

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