MT. VERNON, IL — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and Mt. Vernon Police Department (MVPD) assisted one another Sunday in arresting a Mt. Vernon man on multiple charges during an investigation of shots being fired in the 14000 block of North Parkland Lane. The Jefferson County Dispatch Center received a report of multiple gunshots around 2:30am Sunday morning. At that time, all JCSO Deputies were on calls so officers from the MVPD responded to investigate.
A witness in the area directed the officers to 14065 North Parkland Drive and provided suspect information. While at the home officers made contact with the resident, 36-year-old Justin W. Hamilton. During their initial investigation of shots being fired in the area, Hamilton became upset with the officers and was initially taken into custody for Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer. Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives responded later to take over the investigation while Mt. Vernon PD remained to assist.
Jefferson County State’s Attorney Sean Featherstun was then called upon to issue a search warrant for Hamilton’s residence. During a search of the home, firearms, ammunition, and surveillance footage were seized. Officers also located spent shell casings outside the residence.
Hamilton was then further charged with Possession of a Firearm without a FOID Card and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. His bond has been set at $40,000.