Man in custody following 7 hour standoff with deputies in Rutherford Co.


RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – A man has been taken into custody following a standoff at a trailer park near Ellenboro that lasted more than seven hours.

According to Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis, deputies responded Tuesday at about 10 p.m. to a mobile home park on Whispering Oaks Drive for reports of someone shooting from a home.

When deputies arrived on scene, they said it appeared Kent Morgan Shehan, 56, had been shooting at the landlord. He also began shooting at officers.

Kent Shehan (From: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office)
Kent Shehan (From: Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office)

Sheriff Francis said the man fired at least 12 shots during the standoff. Officers did not fire back, but teargas was used.

Shehan surrendered just after 5:30 a.m. to officers on scene, Francis said.

Deputies said 11 of the 13 trailers in the neighborhood were evacuated while the man was shooting.

Shehan has been charged with Assasult with a Deadly Weapon With Intent to Kill and two counts of Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Property.

Shehan is being held in the Rutherford County Detention on $175,000 bond.

Parts of New House Road were closed down in the area during the standoff.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Rutherford County SERT team, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and Henderson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Cleveland County and Henderson County had armored vehicles.

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