Man, 81, arrested after firing gun at deputies

An 81-year-old man is being held in the Camden County Jail after firing a shot at Camden County sheriff’s deputies in an altercation after leaving a Morgan County care facility.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Department said John E. Russell was found at a residence in the 600 block of state Route D, west of Camdenton, after having walked away from a care facility in Morgan County.

When deputies approached the front door of the residence, they encountered Russell, who was armed with a handgun.

Deputies subdued him immediately, but during the struggle a single shot was fired. No one was injured in the gunfire.

Russell is being held in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility where he is charged with armed criminal action, 2nd degree assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, felonious restraint and unlawful use of a weapon.

He is being held in the Camden County Jail on $50,000 cash bond and $150,000 surety bond.

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