Suspect with attention getting mug shot speaks out


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A teenager accused of driving around Lexington while firing a gun made his first court appearance Tuesday.

On Memorial Day, we are used to hearing honorary shots, but police say the shots that broke the glass at Speedway Monday afternoon were of a different kind. Police say 19-year-old Layne Chadwell fired shots at the Speedway on Paris Pike, nearly hitting an employee.

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Then, according to police, Chadwell drove away firing gunshots into the air, eventually firing again at a Thornton’s on North Broadway near an officer who found Chadwell trying to hide in his car, but it’s Chadwell’s silly mug shot that is getting more attention from people than the serious allegation.

Chadwell agreed to let ABC 36’s Veronica Jean Seltzer interview him in jail Tuesday.

“It’s a way to get my story out there,” Chadwell said.

His story, he says, is one of frustration. He says he was drunk and did not know how to handle himself when his girlfriend would not let him take his son, Layne Jr. home.

“I just wanted to see my son. That’s all it was,” Chadwell said.

“How old is your son?” VJ asked.

“A month old, so this is precious time for me that I’m losing,” Chadwell said.

As for his mug shot, Chadwell says he took it while he was still drunk.

“It was just one way for me to be different,” Chadwell said.

He laughed as talked about it, but the shootings Chadwell admits to could have been deadly. When VJ pressed him, Chadwell said he did not shoot at anyone in particular. He thinks the claim he almost hit a Speedway employee is bogus.

“If I didn’t have value for human life, I would’ve shot at the person that was right beside me,” Chadwell said.

Police say Chadwell showed extreme indifference to the value of human life, but Chadwell says he is in jail because he valued one life in particular, his son’s.

“I just want to get back home to my son. That’s all it is. That’s all it was,” Chadwell said with tears in his eyes.

He says if he could tell his son anything, it would be to think about things a lot harder than his father did.