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Archer man arrested for threatening group with shotgun

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Joseph James Peacock, Sr., 33, was arrested late last night after allegedly threatening some people who had come to his house to “confront” his family about an earlier altercation with his son.

According to a report from an Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy, the deputy responded to Peacock’s home because of a call about an armed disturbance. He wrote that when he arrived, Peacock told him that three black men and three black women came to his residence and entered his yard, with one of the men brandishing a handgun. Peacock said he was in fear for the safety of his children and therefore retrieved his shotgun and confronted the visitors with it, telling them to leave. According to Peacock, the visitors then retreated to their cars and left without further incident.

The deputy made contact with the group that had visited Peacock’s property at a separate location. The four people he spoke with all said they went there to “confront the family” about an earlier physical altercation between an unnamed person and Peacock’s son. They told the deputy that none of them had entered the fenced yard and that as soon as they arrived, Peacock went inside to get the shotgun and then began pointing it at them. According to the group, they then retreated to their cars, at which point Peacock came out of his fenced yard, pointed the shotgun directly in the face of one victim, and placed it directly against her forehead, saying he would “blow her brains out.” They also claimed that Peacock’s son beat on one of their cars with a metal bar, breaking a window and causing other damage. Each of the four denied having a firearm at Peacock’s residence.

The group also reportedly showed a video to deputies that clearly showed Peacock pointing the shotgun at the victim while standing outside the fence and in the roadway, while they were inside a car. All four could reportedly be heard screaming that he had a gun in the video. The deputy reported that the video showed Peacock holding the shotgun in a “shooting stance.” Only one member of the group wanted to press charges.

Post Miranda, Peacock reportedly admitted to retrieving the shotgun but said it was because one of the visitors had a gun. He reportedly said that he held the shotgun pointed down and did not recall pointing it at anyone or making any threatening statements.

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The deputy concluded that Peacock’s “continued aggression” with the shotgun while standing off his property showed that he was not in fear for his own safety. The deputy also reported that there was broken glass in the roadway, which was consistent with the victim’s account that their car was damaged while parked in the roadway.

Peacock has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was released on his own recognizance.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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