Man arrested following standoff at Elizabethtown home

Johnny Cook (Photo courtesy of Bladen County Sheriff's Office)

BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. (WWAY) - One man is in custody after a shooting that led to a standoff in Elizabethtown.

It started around 4:30 a.m. at a home on Bohica Drive.

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Larry Guyton with the Bladen County Sheriff's Office says a woman called 911 and said she shot herself.

"When EMS and Law Enforcement arrived they found she had been shot multiple times in the chest and arm with a .22 caliber rifle. She then told my deputies that her boyfriend, Johnny Mack Cook, 48, of 125 Bohica Drive had shot her, "said Sheriff James A. McVicker in a news release.

EMS took the woman, identified as Sylvia Ann Jacobs, 46, to Bladen County Hospital and then to Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville in critical condition

Deputies learned Cook was in the woods behind the home, armed with a rifle, and began shooting into the air.

Guyton says K9s were released to track him; however, the man circled back and reentered the home. Officers hear Cook inside his home and tried to make contact with him but he refused to come to the door, McVicker said.

The Brunswick County Special Response Team and Hostage Negotiations responded to a request for mutual aid.

McVicker says once they arrived, they got into the home and took Cook into custody around 9:30 a.m.

"I know I have said it before but I am so proud of the cooperation we have with the local departments here in Bladen and with the surrounding counties," said McVicker. "Sheriff John Ingram and his specialty units came to our assistance and Bladenboro and Elizabethtown Police officers as well as the Highway Patrol helped us with calls while this situation was unfolding. I am in their debt. It is good to know when we need help it is only a phone call away," said McVicker.

Cook is in the Bladen County Jail charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

His bond is set at $100,000. The sheriff says additional charges are pending.

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