Family: hayride turned into “Halloween nightmare”

HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – It was a family outing that quickly turned into a Halloween nightmare. Bryan and Jennifer Seal planned a hayride Thursday night for the neighborhood kids when the unthinkable happened in their own backyard.

“All of a sudden you hear the gunshots, look around and he’s got a coon hunting light on his head and he’s hollering get off my property and he starts shooting. My wife’s hollering go faster, go faster he’s chasing us!” explains Bryan Seal.

The Seals say their neighbor, Trevor Burton, jumped out the woods onto the Seal’s land with a gun shooting at the trailer filled with neighborhood kids.

Jennifer Seal recounts, “As we went through the path and down by the fence line he chased after us with the gun and kept shooting”.

As bullets zipped past the trailer, Jennifer and another neighbor pushed the kids to the bottom of the trailer bed and laid on top of them protecting them from what Jennifer described as like a war-zone. Bryan was driving as fast as he could over to get far enough away to where Burton’s gunfire was no longer in range.

44-year old Trevor Burton is being charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder after shooting at officers Thursday evening.

Officers originally thought Burton had been shot when they exchanged gunfire with him, but now say he did he did not suffer any gun shot wounds. They now believe he may have been injured while running through the woods, but say he did not need any medical attention.

The sheriff’s office is now in charge of the investigation, with help from the TBI.

Investigators tell News Channel 11 they believe alcohol did play a role in the crime.

Burton is currently being held in the Hawkins County jail and his arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday.

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