Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Turner was dispatched by 911 to a complaint that a man was armed with a gun threatening his wife on Rook’s Branch Road, 10 miles of south London, on Sunday night ( 8-12-2012) at 6:33 P.M. Deputy Turner along with Deputy Steve Hoskins arrived at the scene and contacted the victim (wife) at the end of the driveway.
Deputies were advised that the suspect husband was in the barn armed with a shotgun.
Deputies were able to see the suspect sitting in the doorway of the barn and as they tried to diffuse the situation, the suspect jumped up, ran to the rear of the barn and grabbed the shotgun, came to a tree nearby armed with the shotgun in an upright position as deputies ordered him to drop the weapon several times.
Finally, the suspect dropped the weapon and shells from his pocket and was taken into custody.
The recovered weapon had 5 rounds in it, and the safety was off. 4 more rounds were in his pocket and 75 rounds were found nearby.
Arrested was: James M. Baker age 59 of Rooks Branch Road, Keavy charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree –victim police officer.
He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility.
Laurel Sheriff’s Lieutenant Rodney Van Zant and Deputy Shawn Boroviak assisted at the scene.
Pictured is the accused: James M. Baker: