It happened at the home of Linda Hunt on Old Maxton Road in Red Springs.
Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said Mr. Hunt was armed with a handgun when deputies arrived on the scene.
Mr. Hunt attempted to leave, but stopped to talk to deputies, who asked where Hunt's gun was located. He replied that it was in the house.
When deputies attempted to frisk Mr. Hunt, they said he tried to hide a concealed handgun in his jacket pocket.
After Mr. Hunt was arrested, Linda Hunt told deputies that her estranged husband held a gun to her head, pushed her, took a handgun and a cell phone from her possession, and threatened to kill them both.
Mr. Hunt was arrested and charged with assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun, domestic criminal trespass, resist, delay, or obstruct a public officer, carrying a concealed weapon, and communicating threats.
He will face a magistrate on Friday. His first court appearance will be Monday.