By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE — A Newton County man who was arrested and indicted in a mass shooting incident in Jasper County last year was arrested on charges that he allegedly made a terroristic threat in a song.
According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, last Tuesday, his agency received a report that a rap song posted to Instagram referenced the killing of several Tyler County residents in its lyrics, and featured in the accompanying imagery, names written on a dresser. The song’s performer, Cameron Rashod Hartsfield, a 19-year-old Newton man, had previously been arrested last year in Woodville, for a role in a mass shooting in Jasper that occurred last April.
Hartsfield, also known as “Bowda,” was one of four men arrested for their involvement in the shooting, which occurred at an after-prom party, in which 11 people were injured.
Hartsfield was identified by several witnesses as the suspect who shot in an open car at the party and was the only suspect in the incident who did not wear a ski mask. He was arrested by Woodville Police after that incident, and according to Weatherford was out of jail on bond at the time of his most recent arrest.
TCSO deputies were able to work with Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin to obtain a warrant for Hartsfield’s arrest from Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Tina Self.
Deputies with TCSO traveled to Newton County, and with the help of the Newton Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, were able to arrest Hartsfield without incident.
Hartsfield appeared before Newton County Pct. 3 JP Mike Greer and was transported to the Tyler County Jail, where he was charged with felony terroristic threat. Hartsfield remains in custody.
Hartsfield is still awaiting trial in Jasper County for the April 23 shooting. A grand jury indicted him, along with five others, last June, for two separate, but related, shooting incidents that occurred that same night.
Hartsfield is charged there with five counts of engaging in organized criminal activity by committing two acts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; two counts of deadly conduct by discharging a firearm and one additional count of deadly conduct.