Police evacuate daycare in midst of paranoia


By Chris Cooepr - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



The Logan County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Kentucky State Police responded Wednesday, Oct. 19 at approximately 2:42 p.m. to a possible mentally ill man in the city of Auburn. The incident lasted approximately two hours according to Sheriff Wallace Whittaker.

“We are thankful everything went well,” said the sheriff adding, ” We followed the book.”

According to a release by the sheriff’s department, a 69-year-old male, who was in his home, was under the impression there was a terrorist attack going on. He was armed with weapons and body armor and threatened to kill law enforcement or anyone attempting to come into contact with him.

When the sheriff’s department arrived on the scene in Auburn, they set up a perimeter, blocking off areas around the man’s home including a nearby daycare.

“We evacuated the daycare and moved the occupants to a safer location,” said Whittaker. “These things are done to protect citizens during incidents such as this.”

Communications were set up between law enforcement and the male individual. Law enforcement was able to talk the man out of his home without further incident. The man was taken into custody and transported to Warren County for a mental evaluation.

“We do not expect any future charges at this time,” said Whittaker. “This appears to be a mental issue and will be handled by the proper agencies.”

The name of the man was not released by the sheriff’s department.

The Auburn Police Department and Russellville Logan County Containment Team also assisted on scene. The investigation is still ongoing.

By Chris Cooepr

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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