Crime

Man charged with pointing gun at deputies investigating domestic violence

James E. Johnson, 44, was arrested on charges that he pointed a gun at Laurel County sheriff’s deputies and resisted arrest.
James E. Johnson, 44, was arrested on charges that he pointed a gun at Laurel County sheriff’s deputies and resisted arrest. Laurel County jail

A London man was arrested Wednesday night after he pointed a gun at deputies who were responding to a domestic violence complaint, the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office said.

James E. Johnson, 45, was charged with fourth-degree assault and wanton endangerment, among other offenses.

The arrest occurred on Glenview Road three miles north of London after deputies were dispatched to a domestic violence complaint on Helvetia Road. Deputies were told that a suspect was armed with a gun.

When deputies arrived, the man had left and was hiding in a building on Glenview Road.

When deputies pulled up to the building, the man came outside and pointed a loaded handgun at them. Deputies ordered him to disarm himself, and he eventually complied, but then he struggled with deputies while being arrested, according to the sheriff’s office.

Johnson also was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and fleeing police. He was being held in the Laurel County jail.

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