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Scott Co. sheriff: Unusual encounter lands AZ man in jail

James Elmer Crowell (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) James Elmer Crowell (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)

An Arizona man is in jail in Scott County, Missouri, accused of unlawful gun possession.

James Elmer Crowell, 68, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

He is in the Scott County Jail.

The bond for the Ripley County warrant was set at $20,000 cash or surety.

The bond for the Scott County warrant was set by the court at $2,500 cash only.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, on Sunday, Dec. 7 around 6 p.m., a deputy responded to an unusual call at the home of another deputy.

When the deputy arrived at the home, he said he saw a blue 1996 Ford van with Arizona license plates drive into the front yard of the home.

He said he talked to the driver, identified as Crowell.

It was determined that Crowell had an outstanding felony warrant from 2003 in Ripley County, Mo.

According to Sheriff Walter, that charge was for unlawful use of a weapon. Crowell was arrested for the outstanding warrant and deputies were given permission to search the vehicle.

Sheriff Walter said they found a loaded .25 ACP caliber, double barrel derringer in a holster attached inside the center console of the van.

He said this setup made the gun readily accessible for Crowell to use.

Crowell was taken to the Scott County Jail and a probably cause affidavit was filed for formal charges concerning the derringer.

Sheriff Walter said Crowell is a convicted felon and is prohibited by law to have the gun.

He said this is a very unusual case and it isn't every day a felon presents himself in this manner, basically asking to be arrested.

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