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News Franklin man steals gun, arrested after firing shots

Joe Otis NorwoodOn January 11, Joe Otis Norwood, 24, of Franklin, N.C., was arrested in the Cartoogechaye area when he fired a gun outside of a home while aggressively knocking on a resident's front door according to Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland.

911 dispatchers received a phone call from a homeowner claiming that gunshots had been fired outside his home and the man was still outside.

“I want to note that the caller absolutely did the right thing by calling 911 instead of trying to handle the situation himself,” said Holland. “He stayed inside with the doors locked, where it was safe until officers arrived on the scene to apprehend the suspect.”

Authorities believe that Norwood obtained the gun from one of the two vehicles parked outside of the home where the 911 call came from. After firing the initial shots he then knocked on the door of the home before firing more shots and then disposing of the pistol in the bushes next to the residence.

“Officers were able to take him into custody once they arrived on the scene. It appeared as though he was intoxicated or impaired and he's currently being held in the Macon County Detention Center,” said Holland.

The arresting officer is listed as Thomas Tenhagen with David Blanton and Mike Langley Sr. as the assisting officers.

“The officers did an outstanding job, they had a quick response and took immediate action. They conducted a thorough investigation of the incident and took the offender to jail,” Holland said.

Norwood is currently being held on a secured bond of $15,000. He has been charged with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, larceny of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and injury to personal property.


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