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Two men arrested in Linton Oaks after exchanging gunfire

Press release from Alachua County Sheriffs Office

On Wednesday evening, April 1, the ACSO received a call, reporting that multiple shots had been fired in the Linton Oaks community, near 6327 SW 9th Avenue.

The caller indicated that there were two subjects involved in the incident, multiple shots were fired, and one of the involved parties may have been shot. Both subjects were seen leaving the area prior to the arrival of the ACSO; one left on foot with a dog, and the second left in a vehicle.

The investigation revealed that Joseph Scott, 39, and his family were outside their home when Christopher Mavins, 35, was observed walking a large dog, off leash. A verbal argument between Scott and Mavins ensued when the dog approached Scott’s family.  During the verbal argument, Mavins gestured towards his waist band, possibly indicating that he was armed. 

Scott returned to his home, armed himself, and continued to verbally argue with Mavins. Mavins ultimately fired his weapon, striking Scott twice, once in the chest and once in the lower leg. Scott fired his gun at least once during the incident and then left the area after he realized that he had been shot.

Deputies located Scott leaving the area in his vehicle and rendered medical attention; he was transported to a nearby hospital in an ambulance due to his injuries.

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Deputies located Mavins and the firearm used in the incident.

At the conclusion of the investigation, Scott was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.  Both Scott and Mavins were arrested and transported to the Alachua County Jail.

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