Undercover drug buy takes a dangerous turn in Kentucky

A person is in custody after what’s being described as a hostage situation in Laurel County.
Published: Jul. 18, 2022 at 10:25 AM EDT
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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A person is in custody after what’s being described as a hostage situation in Laurel County.

The situation started early Monday morning at a truck stop off I-75 at exit 49.

According to the sheriff’s office, they were conducting an undercover drug buy that took a dangerous turn. We’re told it was part of an undercover operation that they had been following for several days.

The sheriff’s office says this all started sometime overnight, in the early morning hours of Monday, with a scheduled delivery of a “large amount of crystal meth.” When deputies tried to do a traffic stop, they say he did not comply.

“He actually rammed one of our cruisers. Then we had another collision with another cruiser,” said Lt. Chris Edwards, Laurel Co. Sheriff’s Office.

Not long after that, the sheriff’s office says the man waved a gun around and would not let anyone in his car.

He also had two people in the car that he was holding at gunpoint. The sheriff’s office says they were part of the initial drug investigation also, but the man did not let them leave.

The situation was in the parking lot of Spur Oil, which also has an RV park on the same property. About a dozen people were inside the gas station and were shuffled into a back room while the gunman was talked into surrendering.

“So, they had their local, normal, customers. People eating breakfast and buying gas. People in the store. This is a very busy place,” said Lt. Edwards. “We had to secure them in the back of the building in case this went sideways. Everyone is good. Everyone is accounted for.”

Thankfully, no one was hurt, but there was substantial damage to two sheriff’s office vehicles.

The sheriff’s office says they did take all three men into custody. Their names have not been released at this point.

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