Man charged with robbing, shooting Louisville clergyman

Man charged with robbing, shooting Louisville clergyman
Kerry Barley (Source: LMDC)
Kerry Barley (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The suspect in a home invasion and shooting was arrested by the LMPD Swat team on Thursday night. Kerry Barley, 36, is suspected of shooting James Mathis, 55, after pretending to be an LG&E employee.

Sergeant Josh Meyers with Shively police says detectives learned Barley was at a residence North of Iroquois Park on Whitmore Avenue in Louisville.

The LMPD SWAT team was asked to assist. After numerous attempts for Barley to surrender, law enforcement entered the home and arrested Barley.

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"He had a hat on." James Mathis said, "He had a reflector jacket on, a trench coat. He looks like he could very well work for the company."

Jame Mathis recalls the early morning he met Kerry Barley. On April 19th Shively police were called to Dixie Highway and Nobel Place, where Mathis was found bleeding outside of his home.

Mathis said a man knocked on his door around 1:30 a.m. stating there was a gas leak while wearing a hard hat with LG&E written on it.

"I asked him, what can I do for you?" Mathis said. "He said there is a leak in this apartment you have to leave."

Mathis explained that he was half asleep and trusted the man wearing a hard hat, reflective vest and work boots. Mathis said Barley entered his home and demanded money and drugs.

"His intent was to leave out of there over my dead body his intent was to win by any means necessary," Mathis said.

Mathis had recently moved to the home with several apartments and according to the arrest report, neighbors suspected the person living in the apartment before to be selling drugs.

Mathis described how he struggled with Barley and then was shot six times. He showed WAVE3 news six wounds; four in the torso, one on the leg, and one in the hand.

Police reports said Mathis was shot four times.

"The whole house was full at the time." Mathis said, "Everyone heard me say this guy is trying to kill me."

Mathis is thrilled to receive closure and grateful neighbors provided information that led Barley's arrest.

"So even though they didn't participate up front and the end they did come forward with information that has brought me closure today"

Barley has been charged with assault, robbery, burglary, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Barley will be in court on Saturday at 9 a.m.

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