UPDATE: Man Arrested, Charged with Terrorist Threat After Standoff

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- John Raleigh Wilson is in jail with multiple charges, including making a terrorist threat, after a police standoff in Madison County Saturday.

Charges include possession of a sawed off rifle/shotgun, possession of a pistol by violent felon and parole violation. Wilson had multiple guns and drugs inside his home.

Wilson has an extensive criminal record. Court documents show he has pleaded guilty to multiple marijuana and possession of controlled substance and illegal pistol charges in the past. He also plead guilty to to theft and breaking and entering vehicles.

Man Taken into Custody

Man Taken into Custody

Madison County Sheriff’s deputies say Wilson confronted and threatened two employees with a gun at a fireworks stand on Memorial Parkway/Highway 231 near the Hobbs Island Road intersection.

Those employees threatened to call the police. That’s when Wilson said, according to deputies, that he would, “shoot anyone that shows up”, if they made that call.

Huntsville Police and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office showed up to the scene.

The highway had been closed due to the standoff, which lasted almost 45 minutes.

Wilson lives in a home adjacent to the fireworks stand. After he was taken in for questioning deputies and other authorities searched his home and found multiple guns and drugs.

Guns and drugs found in man’s home

Deputies aren’t saying what prompted Wilson to threaten the employees at the stand.


We’ll keep this story updated as new information becomes available. 



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