Kentucky State Police trooper Bryan Johnson said he and trooper Jared Boggs were sitting in their cruisers along the U.S. 421 bypass near Pizza Hut when they heard five or six gunshots coming from the Dressen Park area.
Johnson said Boggs initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle which ran a red light at the Pizza Hut intersection leaving from Dressen Park. The occupants, Billy Madden, Kevin Burkhart and Scotty Napier informed Boggs they were getting shot at by a man in a Jeep.
Johnson said the Jeep turned up KY 72 going toward Catrons Creek. Boggs initiated a felony traffic stop on the Jeep at Teetersville.
A felony traffic stop is when a person, considered dangerous, is forced to exit their vehicle and get on the ground before the trooper approaches their vehicle.
Johnson said he and trooper James Earl Hensley arrived on the scene to assist.
Isom Smith, 38, of Mary Alice, was taken into custody. He was charged with five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and alcohol intoxication.
Johnson said Smith admitted to shooting five shots, because four men had jumped him and beat him up at the blue courts at the park.
The vehicle shot at sustained damage, but the gunfire did not strike anyone.
Johnson arrested Smith. Boggs arrested Smith's passenger, Scott Hatfield, for alcohol intoxication. The men were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
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