August 13, 2018


Two Henderson County men who were bear hunting are facing charges after firing at deputies and resisting arrest, according to deputies.

Deputies were called about 8 p.m. Saturday to the South Mills River Road about someone firing a gun from a truck. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission was also contacted due to a history of wildlife poaching in that area.

The North Carolina mountain season dates for legal bear hunting are Oct. 15 to Nov. 17 and Dec. 10, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2019, with some additional game land restrictions.

Henderson County deputies located an unoccupied vehicle behind the

James Gary Owen
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James Gary Owen
Deputies said while they were looking for the occupants of the vehicle, shots were fired at them from the woods.

After deputies ordered the shooters to come out, Hunter Alan Wright, 22 of Etowah, and James Bradley Owen, 21 of Horse Shoe, came out of the woods.

Deputies said Wright was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with misdemeanor resisting and delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Deputies said Owen refused to comply with deputies’ commands and he got into an altercation with deputies during his arrest.

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

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission also charged Owen with a misdemeanor for using processed food products as bait for black bears and discharging a firearm from the right-of-way of a state road.

Deputies said Owen’s father, James Gary Owen, 49, showed up at the scene and was also arrested with misdemeanor resisting a public officer

Wright was released from the Henderson County Jail on a $500 bond. Owen remains in the Henderson County Jail with bond set at $100,500. His father was released on $400 bond.


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