By Michael R. Moser
A Cumberland County man was arrested after he allegedly confronted three sheriff's deputies with a handgun, challenging the officers several times to shoot him.
Johnny Henry Rector, 53, 2106 Old Hwy. 70, is charged with three counts of felony aggravated assault of an officer and with felony aggravated domestic assault following the incident that took place around midnight last Wednesday. Bond was set at $75,000.
Deputies were dispatched to Rector's home and were met by Rector's wife, who told the officers that an argument escalated into a shot being fired during an argument over the temperature in the residence.
The wife told Deputy Dustin Hensley that her husband pointed a handgun at her and threatened to shoot her. She fled out a back door to the residence and called 911.
Hensley was met at the scene by Deputies Sgt. Rick Lanziolatta and Cpl. David Bowman, who were met by a man standing at the front door, displaying a handgun in his left hand.
Deputies gave several commands to the suspect to drop his weapon, but their order was met with a profanity-laced challenge for the officers to shoot him.
At one point, the suspect laid the handgun down and picked up a shotgun. The stand-off ended when one of the deputies found the opportunity to shoot his Taser weapon at the suspect, disabling him long enough for officers to take Rector into custody without further incident.
Rector is to appear in Cumberland County General Sessions Court on Feb. 11.