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More charges for man hit with stun gun

Additional charges have been filed against James Edward Helms Jr., the man Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies subdued with a stun gun Friday night, including possession of a weapon of mass destruction — a short-barrelled shotgun.
Helms, 52, of 185 Mendenhall Road, was arrested Friday after threatening to “kill any law enforcement officer that showed up at his address,” the Sheriff’s Office reported, as deputies went to his home to serve a warrant for a domestic violence order and domestic violence protection order.
Deputies saw Helms holding a long gun and standing behind a door, and called in the Sheriff’s Office Special Response Unit (SRU). Helms refused to follow deputies’ instructions, the report said, and deputies used a stun gun to take Helms into custody.
Helms was charged with assault on a female, possession/manufacturing a weapon of mass death/destruction, possession of stolen goods and resisting, obstructing or delaying arrest. He is in the Rowan County jail under a $70,000 secured bond.

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