COVINGTON, Tenn – On 04 April 2016 at about 12:20 PM the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) regarding a possible hunter trespassing on property located in the 2700 block of Pryor Road in Drummonds. The hunter had left the area before deputies could arrive.
TCSO Detectives in the Criminal Investigation Division obtained a picture of the person who was identified as the suspect from the landowner. The person was photographed in camouflage gear and armed with a shotgun in the woods. The landowner provided detectives with the name the hunter provided him when he was confronted. The information was determined to be inaccurate.
Detectives later identified the suspect in the photograph as Jason Howard Hungerford, 40, of 227 Bob Oliver Road in Drummonds. Criminal records confirmed that Hungerford was a convicted felon. During the joint investigation, Detectives and TWRA Officers interviewed Hungerford who admitted to trespassing and possessing the shotgun while hunting on the property. Hungerford was arrested and transported to Tipton County Correctional Facility. Detectives located a Weatherby 12 gauge pump shotgun at Hungerford’s residence which was recovered as evidence.
While being booked and processed, on the charges, in jail , correctional officers recovered three packaged and unused Suboxone strips hidden under Band-Aids on his person. The Suboxone strips contain narcotics of which Hungerford had not been prescribed.
Hungerford was formally charged with Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance, Introduction of Contraband to a Penal Institution, Criminal Trespassing and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Hungerford remains in jail without bond pending his appearance in Tipton County General Sessions Court on the 27 May 2016 at 9:00 AM. Tipton County General Sessions Court records confirmed Hungerford is currently out on bond on similar narcotic and weapons charges.
“This is another example of victim’s using their cellphone to help us identify the suspect. The landowner was smart to snap a picture since he provided deceptive personal information. I appreciate the combined efforts of the TWRA officers and detectives to quickly identify the proper suspect and make the arrest” said Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley