Richmond County sheriff’s deputies charge man involved in standoff

By: By Gavin Stone - Staff Writer

ROCKINGHAM — The man who drew sheriff’s deputies into a standoff Monday afternoon and was taken into custody for an evaluation is facing criminal charges.

Jackie “Jack” Donahue Bailey, 65, of Green Cedar Lane, allegedly fired a 410-gauge single-barrel shotgun at two workers spraying for mosquitoes on his street and fired at a sheriff’s deputy, according to warrants for his arrest.

The gunfire prompted the sheriff’s office’s Special Response Team to surround Bailey’s mobile home for over an hour, during which officers could be heard talking to Bailey through a megaphone. Washington Street Extension was closed for about 30 minutes.

Bailey is charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. He was booked into the Richmond County Jail late Monday night under a $250,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court July 12.

The North Carolina Court System’s website lists duplicate charges — the above charges, twice — for Bailey, with two deputies’ names.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Bailey has no prior convictions in the state.

Bailey’s neighbors reported a long history of him firing guns on his property — the one exception to the quiet area. Jenni Brown, who’s lived down the street from him for about nine years, said there was a period where Bailey 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.”

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By Gavin Stone

Staff Writer