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Kannapolis man charged after standoff with police

A man was arrested after police said he threatened to kill his mother, barricaded himself inside a home, and entered a standoff situation with police in Kannapolis early Wednesday morning.

Police said they responded to a 911 call of a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Hemlock Avenue around 2 a.m. A woman on the phone said her son threatened to kill her and after she left the home, she heard gunshots come from inside, police say.

When police arrived, they said 48-year-old David Edward Kerley had barricaded himself inside the home and refused to come out. The area was secured and negotiation efforts began after officials blocked off the area of West C Street and Hemlock Avenue, across from Village Park.

During the standoff, police said they heard gunshots coming from inside the home.

After hours of communicating with Kerley, police said, he voluntarily walked out onto the front porch and was taken into custody around 5:20 a.m. Police seized 14 guns.

Kerley is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, communicating threats, and discharging a firearm in city limits.

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