LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A $25,000 cash bond is set for a 48-year-old Henderson man accused of driving three hours to shoot a man with whom he had a long-running disagreement.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and Detention Center records, Christopher D. Riggs, of 2820 Sunset Lane in Henderson, is charged with first-degree assault and possession of a stolen weapon in connection with an incident that happened at about 3 p.m. on July 5.
Riggs was arraigned Monday in Lincoln County.
Lincoln County deputies Andy Ferguson and Jake Adams responded to Robin Drive in the Morland area for a man who had been shot in the chest. During an interview at the Ephraim McDowell Hospital ER, the victim, a 71-year-old farmer, identified Riggs as the shooter, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.
The victim, who had been cutting hay, said he was shot as he was walking to his house after getting out of his truck, Lincoln Det. Rob Oney told the Henderson Gleaner newspaper.
Deputies returned to the scene and found four rounds had been fired by Riggs, who apparently stole a handgun from his girlfriend, according to Lincoln County.
Detectives pinged Riggs’ cell phone, tracking it to his home in Henderson County. Lincoln investigators called Henderson County and when deputies there went to pick Riggs up, a five-hour standoff ensued with Kentucky State Police, Henderson County deputies, and Henderson Police officers, according to authorities in both counties.
After he finally was arrested, Lincoln County detectives searched his mobile and found the stolen weapon, Lincoln deputies said. Gunshot residue tests also were done on him.
The victim, who had been cutting hay, was shot after he got out of his truck and was walking toward his front porch. Only one of the four shots hit him, Oney told the newspaper.
According to the Gleaner, Oney said Riggs previously lived in Lincoln County near the victim.
“I think they were neighbors in the past and shared land, and that’s where it all kind of started,” Oney told the Gleaner.
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After being shot, the victim was able to get to his living room and call 911, according to the detective.
Oney said after being shot, the victim, who ended up being released from the hospital the same night, was able to call 911.
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