Hunter Michael O’Neal

A Rossville teen was arrested on assault charges after he allegedly pulled a gun on his girlfriend’s parents during a dispute, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Hunter Michael O’Neal, 19, of Yucca Drive, was arrested Sept. 22 on charges of aggravated assault and terroristic threats and acts. He has been released on bond.

Deputies were dispatched to O’Neal’s residence a few minutes before midnight on Sept. 21 regarding an ongoing civil dispute and arrived to find two concerned parents attempting to get their teenage daughter to come home.

The parents told Deputy Brittany Gilleland that their 16-year-old daughter was in the O’Neal residence refusing to come home, reports show.

After a discussion with all the parties involved, Gilleland informed the teen that she would need to return home with her family.

After the rift appeared to be sorted out, the girl went into the house to gather her belongings, while her parents waited outside by the vehicle, and the deputies returned back to their regular patrol.

Shortly thereafter, around 12:30 a.m., deputies were again dispatched to the O’Neal residence to deal with the same issue.

“On arrival, the father explained that his daughter had come back out onto the porch arguing with them about returning home and then went back inside and locked the door,” Gilleland said. “The father then said he began to knock on the door yelling for his daughter when O’Neal opened the door telling him to get off his property or he would shoot him while pointing a long gun at him.”

Neighbors heard the commotion and threats going on, and called 911, reports show.

O’Neal admitted to deputies that he’d in fact pulled a gun on the girl’s parents when the dad began banging on the door.

O’Neal was taken into custody, while his .22-caliber Remington 597 was collected as evidence.

The teenage girl still refused to go home with her parents, and was instead taken to Cornerstone Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe for mental evaluation.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.

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