UPDATE: Deputy shooting suspect’s mom blames son’s mental illness

UPDATE: JULY 16TH 2021, (WTVQ) – 

CAMPTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – “I need help with him, or I’m going to lose him and god knows I don’t want to bury my son”

Christopher Whisman’s mother Donna Tackett is pleading for help after her son was arrested Wednesday.

State Police says Whisman ran from a Sheriff’s deputy who was investigating a report of a man with a knife on Bear Pen Road in Campton.

According to KSP, Whisman attempted to take the deputies gun in a fight that ended with the deputy’s hand shot.

But Tackett says her son would never hurt anyone intentionally, that Whisman was abused as a child and was recently diagnosed with a mood disorder.

“When he was 16, he went from pain pills to heroin, went from heroin to the meth, and the doctors said his brain had spots on it where the meth had affected it” said Tackett.

She says he’s been clean since February…but could’ve relapsed.

“Something had to trigger this because Chris is not a threat to nobody” added Tackett.

According to the arrest citation, drugs were involved.

But Tackett says this shouldn’t have happened at all.
She says a judge signed a commitment order for Whisman last week for a 72 hour hold at a mental hospital.
Wolfe County Circuit Court couldn’t confirm that, saying it’s confidential.

“He would have been in a hospital Wednesday, because a psychiatric ward would not have released him because of his illnesses” said Tackett.

Tackett says she feels for the deputy that was shot…but hopes the court can see how sick her son really is.

“I don’t care if they lock him up in a mental hospital for the next ten years just get him on the medication and the things so he can live somewhat of a normal life.”

According to Three Forks Regional Detention Center, Whisman is charged with wanton endangerment, resisting arrest and attempted murder of a police officer.

More information on the incident can be read below.


CAMPTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 8 Morehead has been requested by the Wolfe County Sheriff’s Department to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred Wednesday morning in Wolfe County and resulted in a man being charged with first degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.

Preliminary information reveals that Wolfe County deputies Jacob Holland and Josh Clifford made contact with an armed man at an address in the area of 600 Bear Been Road in Campton, according to the sheriff’s department and the KSP.

Wednesday morning, the sheriff’s department said the call was concerning a man armed with a knife.

During the incident, the man, identified by the sheriff’s department as 26-year-old Chris Whisman, fled from the deputies on foot, the KSP said in a statement.

During the pursuit, the subject charged the deputy. A physical struggle over the deputy’s agency issued firearm ensued between the subject and deputy, according to the KSP statement.

During this struggle, the deputy, identified by the department as Holland, was shot in the hand, the Wolfe County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday morning.

Whisman did not sustain any injuries and was arrested. Holland was transported to Kentucky River Medical Center in Breathitt County for non-life threatening injuries.

Three Forks Regional Jail records show Whisman is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.

No other officers or members of the community were injured during this incident.

KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates officer-involved shootings throughout the commonwealth as requested by local law enforcement agencies. KSP is committed to being transparent while ensuring the integrity of the investigation.

To protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, it is KSP Standard Operating Procedure not to release specific details until vital witnesses have been interviewed and pertinent facts gathered.  Timelines to complete investigations vary based on the complexity of the case. The investigation into this incident remains ongoing.


CAMPTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Wednesday morning in Wolfe County.

According to the Wolfe County Sheriff’s Department, Deputies Jacob Holland and Josh Clifford responded to a call around 9 a.m. regarding a man with a knife at Bear Pen Creek Road in Campton.

Once on the scene, deputies got into an altercation with the suspect, Chris Whisman. Authorities said Whisman shot Deputy Holland in the right hand. The sheriff’s office stated a county worker took Holland to the Kentucky River Medical Center where he is being treated.

Whisman was taken by ambulance to the Kentucky River Medical Center.

Kentucky State Police (KSP) are working the scene. According to Trooper Scott Ferrell, troopers are sorting through conflicting details in accounts of the incident.

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