DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — A 44-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday morning after shooting at a repossession agent who came to take her car. Staci Kolb Jones fired at least two shots at the agent, missing him both times.
The 911 call came into the Walton County Sheriff's Office just after 1 a.m. from the agent, who said a female was shooting at him.
He told the dispatcher that he identified himself as a repossession agent and that Jones started shooting at him. Dispatchers could hear him telling Jones multiple times to put the gun down, according to her Walton County Sheriff's Office arrest report.
When a deputy arrived, he found the agent standing next to the road. He also saw a white tow truck hooked up to a black sedan.
The agent told the deputy he was in the area looking for a 2008 Pontiac G8 and that the woman's address was one that he'd been given as a possible location for the car. When he spotted the car, he started hooking it up to the tow truck and began to tow it away.
That's when Jones came to the door, gun in hand. The victim said he told her at that time that he was a repossession agent and turned on the tow truck lights.
He then saw her point the gun at him and fire one round at him. He got out of the truck and hid behind it, yelling at her to put the gun down. While he was on the phone with 911, she fired another shot over his head.
The victim said he told Jones he had a gun but that it was in his truck.
The deputy talked to Jones who said she saw the tow truck and called out for the victim to identify himself. When he didn't, she fired one round in the air.
She said she fired the second shot because the victim told her he had a gun, the report said.
She said she'd talked to the finance company and thought she had arranged to keep the car.
Jones was taken to Walton County Jail and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.