A Bladenboro man who had a prior criminal record was charged Thursday with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after allegedly beginning to raise a rifle toward a deputy before fleeing, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Marcus Theodore Hill, 29, of Holly Britt Court in Bladenboro, is in Bladen County Jail under a $100,000 bond.
The incident began when a Bladen County Sheriff’s Office deputy and N.C. Probation and Parole officers went to Holly Britt Court on Thursday to conduct an unannounced search of the residence of Keith Powell, who is on probation, says Sheriff James A. McVicker.
During the search, officers found a container with a white powder and decided to have it tested.
“My deputy went to his vehicle to retrieve some evidence bags and while he was doing this he was approached by two individuals,” McVicker said. “One began hollering at him, asking him who he was. My deputy, who was in plain clothes but wearing a vest with a Sheriff’s logo
on the front, turned and pointed his flashlight at his vest and told the individual he was with the Sheriff’s office.”
McVicker said the man began to raise a Norinco SKS rifle he was carrying. The deputy drew his weapon and ordered him to drop the rifle. The man turned and ran behind the mobile home. A probation officer came out of the house and drew his weapon after he saw the man with the rifle. The officers chased the man behind the house and, when ordered to drop the weapon, he did, McVicker said.
Powell was not charged pending test results from the seized white powder.
Hill’s previous felony conviction was not given.