Man accused of threatening to ‘gut’ family members, taunting officer

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DOWNTOWN JACKSON — A man appeared Wednesday in city court on allegations of threatening to “gut” his family members and a police officer at a Jackson apartment. James Lee Cox made the threats around 1 a.m. July 8 at a Red Oak Cove apartment, according to an affidavit. Court papers say police had responded earlier that night when Cox’s mother had told them he was angry at his wife and had threatened to kill himself or everyone in the house. His mother told police he fled on foot when he heard her calling police. Police were later dispatched to the residence again at which time Cox had gathered the majority of knives in the home and threatened to “gut” his mother, father, brother and roommate, according to court documents. When officers arrived, they say Cox was armed with two knives and threatened and taunted an officer, saying “I’m ready to go,” according to an affidavit. Cox faces five counts of aggravated domestic assault and one count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. He also is charged with vandalism for allegedly kicking in the door of the home. He is being held in lieu of a $40,000 bond.

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