Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:15

WARRANTS: Man fired gun near road, fought with deputies

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ROCKINGHAM — A man is facing more than a half-dozen misdemeanor charges after allegedly firing a gun multiple times near a road and scuffling with deputies last week.

According to warrants, 59-year-old Joe D. Russell, of Richmond Road Extension, was “going about” public roads with a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun after consuming alcohol and firing the weapon at least eight times.

The primary victim is listed as the Northside Fire Department.

Russell is also accused of fighting and wrestling with one Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy and pulling away from two others as they tried to arrest him.

The incident happened between 3:30 and 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 on Richmond Road Extension, according to a report.

No damage to property or injuries to people are listed.

He was charged with three counts of resisting a public officer and one count each of going armed to the terror of the people, carrying a concealed gun, carrying a concealed gun after consuming alcohol, and assault on a government official.

He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond and released on bail the following day. Russell is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 23.

Jail officials say there were issues with the camera, so no mugshot is available.

Russell has a history of assault dating back more than 30 years, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

In 1986, Russell was convicted of assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun, damage to property, communicating threats and breaking and entering — all misdemeanors.

Five years later, in 1991, Russell was convicted of three counts of assault on a female and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. His probation on three of those charges was revoked in December of that year, sending him to prison until January of 1993.

Russell was again convicted of assault on a female, as well as misdemeanor assault, in 2004 and was given probation.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.