ROCKINGHAM — A man was taken to the hospital early Monday evening following a standoff with Richmond County sheriff’s deputies.
The sheriff’s office received a call late in the afternoon after workers spraying for mosquitoes on Green Cedar Lane say shots were fired from a residence toward them, according to Sheriff James Clemmons Jr.
While deputies were investigating and started to approach the home, Clemmons said they heard shots, took cover and notified other law enforcement officers of the situation.
Cruisers from the sheriff’s office and N.C. Highway Patrol raced to the scene off of Washington Street Extension, which was later blocked to traffic.
The sheriff’s office’s Special Response Team surrounded the mobile home for more than hour, dressed in full combat gear with rifles, bullet-proof vests, helmets and camouflage.
The Rockingham Fire Department and FirstHealth EMS also responded.
Two “pops” were heard in the 20 minutes prior to the officers giving the all-clear, however, Clemmons said the team never entered the home and that 65-year-old Jackie Donahue Bailey exited and was taken into custody without incident.
Bailey was taken to a hospital for evaluation, according to the sheriff.
Neighbors say Bailey has a history of erratic behavior, which often includes firing guns randomly.
Jenni Brown, who’s lived down the street from him for about nine years, said there was a period where Baily was shooting guns “almost every night” and estimated there have been at least 40 incidences of him firing since she’s lived near him.
“He’s always shooting in the air … he goes on these crazy rampages,” Brown said. “But he’s never taken it to this extreme.”
Brown added that, “It’s quiet around here, except for him.”
Steve Radford of Hamlet, who has family in the area, said he had a run-in with the man between 10 and 12 years ago. Radford said was cutting grass and Bailey came out into his yard and stared at him from about 50 yards down the street and began banging a stick and generally “being aggressive,” which prompted him to call law enforcement.
“He’s crazy,” Radford said.
Clemmons said Monday evening that the case is still under investigation and charges are pending.
Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Bailey has no prior convictions in the state.
Deputies with the sheriff’s office’s Special Response Team leave the scene of a standoff on Green Cedar Lane late Monday afternoon.