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911 calls released in case of North Carolina priest charged with aggravated assault

William Adams, of Calvary Episcopal Church, is accused of waving his gun in a threatening way to a woman and her son while driving on the Florida Turnpike last week. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

(WLOS) The local Episcopal diocese is responding after a Fletcher, North Carolina, priest was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

William Adams, of Calvary Episcopal Church, is accused of waving his gun in a threatening way to a woman and her son while driving on the Florida Turnpike last week.

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The 911 caller states: It's him and some girl in the car. And I just asked, I said why did you slam on the brakes? And he cursed me and everything and then he just pulled this gun out.

Dispatcher: OK. Did you see a tag number on his vehicle?

Caller: No, I couldn't. He won't let us get close to him. He's just zoomin' up the road.

According to the caller, Adams pulled his red Corvette in front of her blue pick-up truck and then slammed on his brakes. She said he then drove back to the right lane, and, when they were next to each other, he waved his gun at them.

Dispatcher: Pointed a gun at you?

Caller: Yes. He held it up in the air, and he started cursing me and everything else.

However, according to the arrest report,Adams said the woman or her son threw a soda can at his car. He then pulled away because he didn’t know what else they would do. He told troopers his gun stayed under the passenger seat the whole time and magazines stayed in the glove box, too.

Bishop José Antonio McLoughlin released a statement to News 13 on behalf of Adams:

"As bishop of Western North Carolina, I want to note that consultation and conversation are underway. Pastoral care is being provided to Father Adams, his family and his congregation. It is best to remember that, as in all situations, there are many facets to consider. We believe in, and will follow, all formal processes. I ask that you continue to keep everyone in your prayers."

Adams did not respond to multiple requests from News 13 for comment.

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