CHERRYVILLE A Gaston County man was jailed under $1 million bond after allegedly holding police at bay and firing several shots during a standoff that lasted more than seven hours.
James Morris Thomas, 52, was arrested about 3:45 a.m. Monday, after Gaston County police fired tear gas into his residence on Farnsworth Road, off St. Mark’s Church Road, between Cherryville and Kings Mountain. No neighbors or law enforcement officers were injured.
Police say the incident began about 8 p.m., when a woman called 911 and reported a violent argument with a man. The woman was able to get out of the residence, but when officers arrived they reported a man inside had fired shots.
Traffic to the area was curtailed during the night and police urged neighbors to take safety precautions. Shortly after 3 a.m., police say, they fired tear gas into the residence then went inside and took the man into custody.
Thomas is charged with nine felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and two misdemeanor counts of pointing a gun.
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