ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A call to Kentucky State Police to check the welfare of a man thought to be a danger to himself ended with the man being shot by a state trooper.
According to a press release, relatives of Gerald R. Scheppa, 53, of Elizabethtown, called KSP around 11:40 p.m. Sunday to say he had made suicidal references to family members.
When troopers arrived at his home in the 2000 block of Hodgenville Road they found Scheppa with a large knife. Scheppa wan into a wooded area near his house, but was located by troopers. State police said Scheppa would not obey commands from troopers, became belligerent and was brandishing the knife.
KSP said when Scheppa threw the knife at Trooper Charlie Miller, Miller fired one shot from his service weapon hitting Scheppa.
After initially being taken to Hardin memorial Hospital for treatment, Scheppa was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. He was listed in fair condition after undergoing surgery.
Scheppa has been charged with one count of assault.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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