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Man charged with unlawful possession of firearm has long felony history

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a 38-year-old man on Tuesday for second-degree assault, five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver after he was identified as the gunman in a local shooting.

Hamilton, no stranger to felony offenses, \ had two residential burglary convictions in 1991, Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act (VUCSA) convictions in 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2002, one forgery conviction in 2001, one theft of a motor vehicle conviction in 2001 and two second degree possession of stolen property convictions in 2007.

On May 30, a man called 911 to report shots fired at his residence and then proceeded to flee on foot fearing the gunman would return.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene but found nobody home. They searched the area and found a few drops of blood by the front door and a broken plant pot but no victims.

They also located a spent .40-caliber shell casing on the driveway.

During investigation, authorities found that earlier in the day the two men who reported being shot at were involved in a residential burglary and one of them, Ryan Anderson, was in custody.

Anderson was with Jacob Booth (the 911 caller) at Booth’s residence on the 1500 block of Old Clifton Road during the alleged shooting.

Anderson stated that Booth’s ex-girlfriend arrived earlier in the day with Hamilton and apparently got into a verbal argument.

The woman made a comment to him about, “having a gun put to his face.”

Anderson went on to state that when Hamilton was leaving, he produced a handgun from his vehicle and fired one to two shots at the home.

Anderson identified Hamilton from a photographic lineup.

He said the blood found earlier at the scene came from Booth after cutting his hand on the broken pot.

After obtaining this information and the fact that the vehicle described by Anderson matched a vehicle registered to Hamilton, probable cause existed to arrest him with second degree assault.

Later that evening, Hamilton was identified by another deputy traveling in a white truck and a high-risk stop was made during which he was taken into custody.

During questioning, Hamilton admitted to firing his Glock once into the trees because he “felt threatened by Booth and Anderson.”

Hamilton also admitted to possessing numerous weapons, meth, drug paraphernalia and ledger books with names and dollar amounts of his drug dealings.

Search warrants were issued for three separate locations where deputies located and seized 21.4 grams of meth, scales, baggies, a Ruger 9-mm pistol with a fully loaded magazine, reported stolen out of Mason County, a Glock .40-caliber pistol fully loaded, reported stolen out of Kitsap County, a 12-gauge shotgun with nine rounds of slugger ammunition, a .22-caliber revolver fully loaded, a .38-caliber pistol and hundreds of rounds of live ammunition.

Hamilton was booked into county jail on $250,000 bail.

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