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$4 million bond set for man involved in standoff with Fayetteville police

Posted July 11, 2019 11:46 a.m. EDT
Updated July 11, 2019 7:22 p.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville man involved in a standoff with police last weekend was ordered held Thursday under $4 million bond.

Russell Peverley, 47, is charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer.

In a call to 911, Peverley's frightened 21-year-old daughter told dispatchers that her father was angry and armed.

"I’m just really afraid because he and my mom are getting divorced, and he’s just really angry," the caller said.

"Right now, he’s breaking everything in the house, destroying holes in the walls, and then he started shooting with his gun."

Asked what kind of gun Peverley had, the young woman said he had "a bunch" of guns.

When police responded to the call about shots fired late Friday night, Peverely held them at bay for about two hours, firing from a second-story window of the home.

Fayetteville Chief of Police Gina Hawkins said, "This was a high-powered rifle (with) officers and supervisors getting behind brick walls and being attacked."

When he was finally taken into custody, Hawkins said, Peverley was wearing body armor and a Kevlar helmet. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Police have said Peverley had at least 50 weapons in his home and a large stockpile of ammunition for all of them. He has been charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer in connection with the standoff and attack on police.

"We know that there was some prior military, but either way there were a lot of weapons in that house," Hawkins said. "It could have been so much worse, so much worse."

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