Man accused of firing over 30 rounds at police during Albemarle shootout

ALBEMARLE, NC (WBTV) - A man reportedly shot at officers during a standoff following a chase in Stanly County Tuesday night.

According to Albemarle police, the incident started when officers attempted to pull a man over who was wanted in Cabarrus County. The man, identified as Robert Justice Baucom, allegedly refused and fled the scene, leading to a chase with officers.

Police say Baucom drove to his home on Montgomery Avenue and Snotherly Street in Albemarle, jumped out of his vehicle with a gun and then barricaded himself inside the home. He reportedly shot more than 30 rounds at police from his home during the standoff with what officers describe as an assault rifle, officers said.

Police said the shots were "unexpected" and "so intense" that they didn't return fire because they were ducking from the bullets.

A special weapons team brought in a robot from Union County which went inside the home, officers said. That's when officers found out Baucom had taken his own life, police said.

Baucom allegedly had an arsenal of weapons including a pistol, long rifle, and a shotgun in his home.

The standoff lasted for several hours.

No officers were injured in the shootout, but some officers' vehicles were struck.

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