3 arrested after shots fired call in Henderson Co.


HENDERSON COUNTY, NC (WSPA) – Three men were arrested following a shots fired call Saturday evening in Henderson County.

According to a Henderson County Sheriff’s Office news release, deputies were called to the South Mills River Road area just after 8 p.m. in regards to someone firing a gun from a truck in the road.

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission was called because of concerns and a history of wildlife poaching in that area, and deputies found an unoccupied vehicle behind the Mills River Community Center building.

According to the release, as deputies tried to locate the people in the vehicle, shots were fired from the woods behind the community center in the direction of the deputies.

After a communicating with the suspects, two men came out of the wooded area.

Hunter Alan Wright, 22, of Etowah, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was taken to Henderson County Jail, where he was later released on $500 bond.

James Bradley Owen, 21, of Horse Shoe, reportedly refused to obey deputies’ commands and a fight took place as he was taken into custody.

He was charged with felony first-degree attempted murder, felony assault on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a government official.

According to the release, he was additionally charged by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for misdemeanor placing processed food products as bait for black bears and discharging a firearm from the right-of-way of a state road.

James Owen was taken to the Henderson County Jail and was being held on $100,500 bond.

A dog with James Owen reportedly bit a deputy and was shot.

James Owen’s father — James Gary Owen, 49, of Horse Shoe — came to the scene and was arrested for misdemeanor resisting a public officer.

James Gary Owen was also taken to the Henderson County Jail, where he was being held on $400 bond.

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