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4/19/2022 5:27:00 PM
Deputy Stabbed in Shelby

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office

A Shelby man is facing charges of attempted murder and kidnapping after an incident Tuesday morning.

At approximately 10:35 AM Tuesday (April 19th), Cleveland County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant on James Daniel Bolin at 104 Lot 7 Stillwater Road southwest of Shelby. Bolin had an outstanding felony assault inflicting serious injury warrant pending from a previous incident.

While outside the residence, deputies were informed that Bolin was inside and that there were also two children inside. Deputies were also informed that they were not Bolin’s children and were told that they were not being allowed to leave the home.

Sheriff’s Office negotiators responded to the scene in an attempt resolve the situation peacefully. As deputies attempted to talk with Bolin, it became apparent that he was attempting to fortify the door to prevent entry by the deputies. Deputies feared for the safety of the children inside and decided that entry into the home had to be made.

Lt. John Humphries was the first deputy through the door and was immediately attacked by Bolin with a large knife. Lt. Humphries received two stab wounds before deputies could gain control of Bolin and take him into custody. Lt. Humphries received first aid at the scene and was transported by Cleveland County EMS to Atrium Health-Shelby where he was treated and later released from the hospital.

Bolin, whose 33rd birthday was Monday, was taken into custody without injury and transported to the Cleveland County Detention Center for processing. He was jailed without bond on charges of attempted first degree murder, assault inflicting serious injury, and two counts of kidnapping.

Sheriff Alan Norman said “it’s a sad day in Cleveland County when one of our own is viciously attacked with a knife. Deputies have interacted with the offender many times but today he took it to the next level by stabbing Lt. John Humphries. By the grace of God the knife did not hit any vital organs or this incident could have easily turned out very differently. Unfortunately, violent attacks on Law Enforcement Officers are up across the Nation, but this type of conduct will not be tolerated in Cleveland County. We will work closely with the District Attorney’s Office to prosecute Mr. Bolin to the fullest extent of the law. The citizens of Cleveland County along with myself are tired of hearing about these kind of attacks and it has to stop now.”

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