Jennings County authorities looking for man after alleged incident with gun

James Helton; Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police

The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department is looking for an area man. Authorities say the incident occurred Thursday in the Hayden area after James Helton allegedly pointed a gun at another person and made threats.

Prior to deputies’ arrival, police say Helton left the area and went to his home in Jackson County near the Jennings County line. Deputies arrived at Helton’s residence and found his vehicle in the driveway, the same vehicle Helton had driven to the incident in Hayden. Deputies attempted to make contact with Helton but could not get a response. After several attempts to call Helton out, members of the Jennings County SRT set up a perimeter around Helton’s residence.

A search warrant was obtained for Helton’s home, a camper. The Indiana State Police was contacted to execute the search warrant. After several attempts to call Helton out, the State Police SWAT made entry into the camper. Helton was not inside.

Jennings County Sheriff Kenny Freeman and Jackson County Sheriff Rick Myers are asking for your help locating Helton, who is wanted on preliminary charges of Intimidation with a Weapon and Pointing a Firearm.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of James Helton, contact the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office at 812-346-5111 or the tip line at 812-346-0342. Tips and information can be left anonymously.