UPDATE: Friday, March 6, 2020:
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The FBI agent who was shot Friday morning serving a federal arrest warrant, was released from the hospital on Friday evening, according to the FBI. The agent’s name wasn’t released.
Original story below:
PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – An FBI agent and 4th District Pulaski County Constable Gary Baldock are in stable condition after each were shot during an exchange of gunfire at Baldock’s home early Friday when the agent tried to serve him with a federal indictment.
Baldock, who was elected in November 2018, and fellow Constable Michael Wallace, who represents the Fifth District, were indicted for intimidating and threatening Pulaski citizens between November 18, 2018 and Sept. 24, 2019, according to an indictment filed Feb. 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
The two men “conspired together to injure, oppress, threaten and intimidate” through bogus “unreasonable searches and seizures” that took property without probably cause, according to the charges.
If convicted, they face up to 10 years in prison, three years on post-release supervision, as much as $250,000 in fines and restitution.
Wallace pleaded not guilty during arraignment Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in London. His next court date is May 11. He was released on his own recognizance.
Prosecutors say a trial could last five days.
Word of the arrests and charges disturbed county residents.
“It’s really uncomfortable to think about our law enforcement being this corrupted, something this crazy will happen. So, it’s crazy that these are the people we put our faith in,” said Somerset resident Kyle Kadel, referring to the constables, who are elected.
The county’s three other constables aren’t named in any investigation.
The name of the FBI agent has not been released. But the FBI said in a statement both men were in stable condition. No details of the shooting have been released, but neighbors of Baldock’s home at 312 Mountain View Drive in Somerset, told WTVQ the two men exchanged fire.
Wallace is a veteran constable first elected in 2006 who frequently posts bold press releases on his Facebook page about his crackdown and arrests on drug dealers. He attracted attention last fall when he started placing signs in yards saying “This Drug House Closed for Business, Compliments of the Pulaski County Constable’s Office, Michael “Wally” Wallace.”
The Grand Jury alleges his efforts to clean up the community went too far, violating civil rights along the way.
The 55-year-old Baldock was elected to the open District 4 seat in November 2018, only a short time before he started to conspire with Wallace.
A 1982 graduate of Casey County High, he’s sold farm gates for years, owning Gary Baldock Farm Gates, according to his LinkedIn page. He was a sheriff’s deputy in Casey County from 1987 to 1994 and in Pulaski County from May 2015 until June 2018 when he stepped down to run for office.
Wallace was arrested Friday morning as well.
The FBI apparently began its investigation last fall and had notified local prosecutors. At least part of the probe targets searches where confiscated items were not reported or under-reported. That included money and other items.
Wallace has been speculated as a possible sheriff candidate in two years and he has dozens of criminal cases pending from his drug arrests. Those cases could come under scrutiny based on the criminal charges against him because defense attorneys almost certainly will argue their clients are the victim of false arrests.