Trooper stabbed making arrest in Bath County


SALT LICK, Ky. (WTVQ) – A State Trooper was stabbed in the leg by a convicted felon during an arrest in Salt Lick on Wednesday, according to KSP.

Investigators say Trooper Tyler Smith was stabbed in the upper left portion of his leg while arresting 42-year old Bradley Harris, of Owingsville.

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Trooper Smith was taken by ambulance to St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead where he was treated and released, according to State Police.

Investigators say Harris was initially taken to St. Claire, but was later transferred to U.K. Hospital in Lexington.

State Police say two Troopers and the Bath County sheriff went to Harris’ home on Moores Ferry Road in Salt Lick to serve a warrant.

Investigators say Harris’ wife, 41-year old Peggy Harris, told them Bradley had left the house in a vehicle.  State Police say she gave investigators permission to search the home and they say they found Bradley Harris barricaded in a bedroom closet.

Troopers say they gave Harris several verbal commands to come out, but he refused.  Investigators say the struggle began when they went in to get Harris.  They say that’s when Harris pulled out a knife and stabbed Trooper Smith.

State Police say Harris was eventually brought under control and arrested.  They say he was charged with Assault 1st Police Officer (one count); Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (methamphetamine, one count); Drug Paraphernalia, Buy/Posses (one count); Resisting Arrest (one count); and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree Police Officer (two counts) as well as two other arrest warrants.

KSP says Harris was originally wanted on charges of Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree (on foot, one count); Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (one count); Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree (one count); Defacing Firearm (one count); No Registration Plates (one count); No Registration Receipt (one count); Failure to Produce Insurance Card (one count); and Failure to Wear Seat Belts (one count).

State Police say Peggy Harris was charged with Hindering Prosecution or Apprehension 2nd Degree (one count); Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (methamphetamine, one count); Drug Paraphernalia; and Buy/Posses (one count).

She was taken to the Montgomery County Regional Detention Center.

The case remains under investigation by State Police.


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