Brief Standoff Ends In Arrest In Laurel County

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Updated: 8/13/2012 7:37 pm
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to a home on Rook's Branch Road in Keavy Sunday night where a man was reportedly threatening his wife with a gun.

Deputies said they were met at the end of the driveway by the woman when they arrived and were told James M. Baker, 59, was in a nearby barn with a shotgun.

Deputies said they could see Baker sitting in the doorway of the barn and as they tried to diffuse the situation, they said Baker jumped up, ran to the rear of the barn and grabbed the shotgun.

Deputies said Baker then went to a nearby tree with the shotgun in an upright position.

The deputies said they ordered Baker to drop the weapon several times, which he eventually did without incident.

Deputies said the shotgun was loaded with five rounds and that the safety was in the 'off' position.

The deputies said they found four more shotgun rounds in Baker's pocket with an additional 75 rounds nearby.

Investigators said Baker was charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree - Victim Police Officer.

Baker was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
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