Mayor's son accused of threat against Paint Rock officer

Nevels is charged with making a terrorist threat.
Nevels is charged with making a terrorist threat.

PAINT ROCK, AL (WAFF) - A man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill a police officer in the small Jackson County town of Paint Rock. Complicating matters is that the person arrested is the son of the mayor.

The mayor feels the police department is using her son to get at her, but the police chief said this is not the man's first brush with the law.

Joseph Lance Nevels is charged with making a terrorist threat. According to the complaint, Nevels threatened to shoot a police officer in retaliation for being arrested and that there would be a murder-suicide.

Chief Billy Wilson said he cannot comment on the ongoing investigation but released a statement on Friday. That statement, in full, reads:

"Joseph Lance Nevels was arrested on Jan. 6, 2014 by the Paint Rock Police Dept. for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and indecent exposure that arose out of an investigation involving a female who was a minor, and a theft charge arising out of a separate incident.

"On Feb. 4, 2014, my office made the decision to arrest the suspect based on information gathered leading us to believe that officer safety and public safety was in serious danger. We cannot and will not take threats of this nature lightly. The police department and the Mayor worked together in harmony without any problems prior to her son's first arrest. Since that time our department has endured a strained working relationship because of what appears to be retaliation against the police department."

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