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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County man is out of jail after being charged with allegedly firing a shotgun at a tow truck operator.

According to arrest warrants, yesterday James Lee Spivey, 39, of Ash, fired a 12-gauge shotgun at the truck belonging to Rosak Tow and Recovery while Gary Smith was inside. The warrants also say Spivey pointed a rifle at Smith.

Smith says he was there to repossess a truck when the shooting happened early yesterday morning. He says Spivey told him to get out of his yard, but said he could not because the tires had been shot. Smith said when Spivey fired again, he drove off with the flat tires.

Spivey is charged with discharging a weapon into occupied property, assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun and injury to personal property.

A Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman says Spivey is out of jail under $67,000 bond.

Smith says he is OK.

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  • quest

    MR. PIREWAY,
    AS IF NO ONE KNOWS WHO YOU ARE, SURELY EVERYONE KNOWS YOU…THAT READ THIS. PLEASE EXPLAIN!
    “REMAINS AT LARGE”. IF YOU KNEW THE WHOLE STORY (WHICH SO FAR IS SO ONE SIDED)YOU WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME THING AS SPIVEY DID….. TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND PROPERTY. THE REST OF THE STORY IS NEAR TO COME I ASSURE YOU. SMITH WAS IN THE WRONG.

  • Guest Pireway

    Spivey has been terrorizing the neighborhood and surrounding area for years! Will he finally be incarcerated? We doubt so in the Pireway area. Several assaults and DWI’s later he still remains at large.

  • Curtis Thompson

    Gary is a long time friend of mine and I am very happy he is physically alright although he is very shaken up. It is simply a miracle that nobody was seriously hurt. However just because a gun was used in this case, this incident should not become an argument about gun control it should be about crazy people doing what crazy people do. If this man did not have a gun, maybe he would have used a knife, or thrown sticks, or who knows what else. But there are crazy people out there doing things every day and they do not get the help that they need.

  • one who’s been there

    It’s amazing how many people think they know what all is involved in repossession and bailbonding work, we do take classes so that we will know what our rights are, most of us try do work with people to peacefully resolve the situation, but most of the people we deal with just don’t care about doing the right thing. I’ve been shot at more times then I care to admit qnd yes it scares the crap out of you the first few times, these jobs are nothing like lizard lick or dogg the bounty hunter, those people are fools to say the least.

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