KSP arrests man for attempted assault near Murray State Campus

Murray, Ky. (WTVQ/PRESS RELEASE) – A Murray man has been charged after an investigation by the Kentucky State Police and Federal Law Enforcement.  Shortly after 9:30 AM Saturday, a male approached several female students congregated near a housing complex at the southwest corner of the Murray State campus.  Witnesses observed the male produce a “Molotov Cocktail” style explosive and throw it in the direction of the students.  In doing so, the male suffered burns to his hands before fleeing the area in a vehicle.  None of the female students were injured.  State Police, with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, conducted an investigation and quickly developed a suspect.

After conducting numerous interviews and collecting various items of physical evidence, Kentucky State Police located and charged 19-year-old, Jack T. Epperson of Murray.  Epperson was treated for burn injuries at Murray Calloway County Hospital and later transported to the Calloway County Detention Center where he was charged with (2) counts of Attempted Assault 1st and (1) count of Possession of a Destructive Device.  Both charges are felony offenses.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are conducting a separate investigation relating to the destructive device.

The investigation is continuing by the Kentucky State Police.  Troopers and Agents were assisted by officers with the Murray State University Police and the Murray Police Department, and the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office.

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