Since there has been an unavoidable delay in providing the media an official Release of yesterday's event we are providing our followers with this update via our official release.
January 28, 2017
Complaint of armed male harassing a female in Bimble leads to manhunt/stand-off.
At 2:39, Friday, January 27 officers of the Barbourville Police Department were dispatched to the Bimble Shell where a female had reported a man armed with a handgun was harassing her. Upon officer arrival an unknown male exited a pick-up, and approached officers in a threatening manner. When confronted by officers he then turned and started away from the officers. A tow truck driver passing through noticed the man and drove around the back of the station in an attempt to cut the man off and slow him down. At that point he drew the firearm on the driver causing him to retreat.
The man then continued accross KY 3439 into fields and woods where he was cautiously pursued by officers. Back-up units soon arrived and surrounded the area, forcing the suspect into the woods. Knox Central High School was notified to go into lock-down and Central Elementary was advised to hold their school buses.Officers were able to observe that the man was armed with a firearm, a large knife and brass knuckles while in pursuit. The suspect remained non-complaint but did not present the firearm in a threatening manner in officer's presence. Knox County S.O. and Kentucky State Police responded to assist in the search, creating a large perimeter surrounding the area. Flight into a thick wooded area lead to a search of the area lasting over two hours at which point the suspect was flushed from the woods and sought refuge in a new, unoccupied home that was being built on Hobbs Hollow Road in Stephen Trace. Carpenters at the house flagged down officers that were passing in front notifying them he was behind the house.
When the rear corner of the house was cleared by an officer the suspect walked out the back door, he was given commands at gun-point to get on the ground, looked at the officer, ignored commands to place his hands in the air and get down, placed his hand in his coat while turning away from officer and went back into the house, locking the door. He then walked through the house, locking the doors while responding units surrounded the house.
Repeated attempts were made by Barbourville Police to negotiate with the man's exit of the house but went without response. Additional BPD, KSP and KCSO units arrived, securing the area and setting a safety perimeter. After additional attempts to negotiate KSP placed a phone in the window and attempted to make contact but attempts were ignored.
Kentucky State Police SRT was requested, and responded while police obtained arrest and search warrants.
The female, second party to the call, Melissa Drummer, who was transported from the call by BPD was uncooperative in identifying the male and provided no information.
Knox S.O. returned to the call scene and recovered two suit cases that were found in the womens restroom at Shell. Video showed that Drummer had taken the cases into the store. Upon examination it was found that one case contained drugs, packaging materials and other paraphernalia, the second case contained a .38 revolver and other items.
Drummer was charged in connection to the cases and lodged in the Knox County Jail.
Kentucky State Police SRT responded to the location, at which time the scene was turned over to them.
While SRT was assessing the scene and attempting to make contact with the suspect a joint off-sight investigation identified the suspect as David R. Wilson of Lexington.
All further information has been provided by Kentucky State Police.
Assisting were various members of the Barbourville Police Department, Knox County S.O., Kentucky State Police, KSP SRT, Knox EMS SORT, Knox EMS, Barbourville Fire Department, Barbourville Utilities and other individuals and entities that provided information or assistance.
Information contained within this release is for informational purposes only. The parties involved are, by rights afforded in the United States, considered innocent until proven guilty. Any errors or ommissions are fully unintentional.
As an addition I would like to say that this was the finest multi-agency, cooperative response that I have witnessed in almost 20 years. Thank You to all who provided assistance, relief and support.