Breathitt County Police Standoff Ends Peacefully

Reported by: Amanda Stevenson
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 11/13/2012 6:24 pm
A nine-hour police standoff in Breathitt County ended peacefully Tuesday.

Jackson police said the suspect, John Hays, 30, answered the door and claimed he'd slept through it all.

Police said the standoff began around 4:30 a.m., after they received a call of shots fired on Broadway Spur in Jackson.

Officers said Hays wouldn't answer his door, so they began to take precautionary measures in case Hays had a weapon.

Police said the two blocks surrounding the home were evacuated, six Breathitt County schools were let go early, and the Jackson city school was on lock-down.

In the meantime, police were calling Hays' phone, knocking on his door, and using a P.A. system to try to get him out.

Kentucky State Police tactical and K9 units were called in to assist around 9 a.m., but it wasn't until noon that Hays answered his door.

"Post 13 dispatchers were constantly calling the phone, so I don't know if it's just a combination of those things or if he looked out and saw this was a bigger deal than maybe he thought it might have been," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Jody Sims.

Troopers said Hays was taken away without incident, and was later charged with four counts of wanton endangerment for shooting a pistol in a neighborhood.

The standoff didn't officially end until around 1:30 p.m., when police deemed the house safe and allowed people to re-enter their homes.

Hays was taken to Three Forks Regional Jail.
Share
Most Popular
Clerk Shot During An Apparent Robbery In Danville
Police in Danville said a worker at a Domino's Pizza was shot Monday night in what appears to be an attempted robbery. Video Video
Facebook Post Leads Deputies To Marijuana Patch In Whitley County
Someone in Whitley County posted photos of themself on Facebook posing in front of a marijuana patch on Clifford Canada Road, according to the Sheriff's Office. Those pictures led investigators to the pot patch and a father and son were arrested.
Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest In Wolfe County
A traffic stop in Wolf county led to the arrest of a 66-year-old man who troopers said had four pounds of marijuana in his car.
UPDATE: Domino's Worker In Critical Condition After Attempted Robbery
A woman is in critical condition after police say she was shot during an attempted robbery at a Domino’s Pizza. Video Video
'Pay-what-you-can' restaurant planned
Organizers want to open a community restaurant in central Kentucky that offers home-cooked meals and a mission.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
   

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.