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Man threatens to cut deputy’s head off with an ax, shove his nose into brain: report

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SALISBURY, N.C. (PIX11) — A North Carolina man was arrested Wednesday after authorities say he threatened to chop a deputy’s head off with a hatchet, according to WBTV.

Donald Eugene Rayfield, 60, is charged with eight counts of assaulting an officer with a deadly weapon.

The incident began when Rowan County deputies initially responded to the home of Rayfield’s mother after she reported her son had assaulted her. Rayfield had already left, so they went to his home and he would not come to the door.

Rayfield told the deputies that he would not come out of the house because he was afraid of law enforcement. He then told a deputy that he would cut the deputy’s head off with an ax, and was going to “shove [the deputy’s] nose into [the deputy’s] brain with his hand.”

60-year-old Donald Eugene Rayfield (Source: Rowan County Sheriff's Office)

60-year-old Donald Eugene Rayfield (Source: Rowan County Sheriff’s Office)

He then told the deputies that the last time he surrendered to them, his collarbone was broken.

Holding a hatchet, Rayfield eventually opened the door, but stayed behind a locked screen door and told deputies he had a 9 mm gun and would shoot the first person who entered. Deputies then reportedly deployed a concussion grenade which caused Rayfield to retreat from the home. When they tried a stun gun on the man, it did not work and they finally pepper-sprayed him, which caused him to fall to his knees.

According to the report, deputies washed Rayfield off with a hose near the back door while he continued to yell obscenities and threats, saying “At least I stood my ground, which is more than any of you would have done.”

Rayfield was taken to jail and given a $25,000 bond.