Update: Police investigating separate shooting incidents

By Gary Scott on January 21, 2015 at 8:39am


Jacksonville Police continue to investigate a shooting that happened late Tuesday night.

Trenton Jackson remains in custody in the Morgan County Jail today for home invasion, illegal possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of a firearm without a FOID card, and possession of cannabis.

Police Lieutenant Rodney Cox says there was a reported armed robbery and home invasion in the 1000 block of Hackett involving two men with masks. Police were investigating shots that were fired into Jackson’s home in the 1100 block of North Clay when they got the call about the alleged robbery.

Jackson was taken into custody as a result, as he’s believed to be one of the alleged robbers. A gun was recovered after a search warrant was executed, as well as cannabis, according to Cox.

He adds there were people inside Jackson’s house, but no one was injured when the shots were fired.

Police are still looking for a second suspect in that case; the only description available is a black man who was wearing dark clothing.

Cox says it’s believed that the shots fired into Jackson’s home and the armed robbery he’s alleged to have participated in are connected. He says Jackson knew the robbery victims. It’s not clear if the alleged robbers got away with anything.

Jackson has a criminal history that includes a reckless discharge of a firearm conviction in 2009. He also has several drug charges still pending from a 2013 arrest and an aggravated battery case still active from 2012.

While Cox doesn’t believe the incidents on Hackett and North Clay are connected to the Marcus Jackson homicide and Avery Berry arrest, he did say it’s believed that the Monday afternoon South Church shooting is connected to that ongoing dispute. He says the house that was targeted is lived in by a member of the Berry family.


One man is in custody following a series of incidents that included a home allegedly being shot at and a robbery on the city’s north side.

Twenty-four-year-old Trenton Jackson of the 1100 block of North Clay was arrested for home invasion, possession of a weapon by a felon, no valid FOID card, and possession of cannabis.

According to a Jacksonville Police press release, officers responded to a shots fired call in the 1100 block of North Clay at around 8:30 p.m. Officers found a residence shot at, but it’s not clear if it was Jackson’s home.    Officers were then advised of a possible home invasion and robbery that had taken place about an hour earlier in the 1000 block of Hackett.

Two men reportedly entered the residence with handguns, demanded money and left on foot.

Jackson was taken into custody as a result of that incident. He’s still at the Morgan County Jail this morning. Police are still looking for the second suspect, who is described as a black man wearing dark clothes.

Police are also seeking a suspect in a separate shots fired incident from Monday.

The Jacksonville Journal-Courier reports it happened in the 700 block of South Church. Police say a man wearing blue jeans and a jacket with brown chest and sleeves fired a half-dozen shots into the back of the house from a small-caliber handgun from between two houses on South Fayette.

Police tell the city paper the shooting does not appear to have been random. The shooter apparently left the residential area on foot, going westbound through several yards.

No injuries were reported with any of these incidents. If you have any information, call the police department at 479-4630.