3 arrested in NC for threatening to kill cops

John Ward, Houston Ward, Samuel Ward (Swain County Sheriff's Office)

BRYSON CITY, N.C. (AP) — Three men have been arrested after police say they ran at the Bryson City Police Department yelling threats.

Media outlets report that 49-year-old John Ward and his two nephews, 23-year-old Samuel Ward and 22-year-old Houston Ward, were arrested early Sunday morning.

Bryson City Police officer Josh Freeman says the men were outside a bar when they saw a police car drive by. As the officer drove past the men, Freeman says two off-duty officers standing outside the police department across the street heard the men yell obscenities and say, “let’s kill us a cop.”

He says the men then ran toward the police department.

The two off-duty officers subdued the men at gunpoint and called for backup. Police didn’t find weapons on the men.

It’s unclear if the men have attorneys.

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