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Anhydrous Theft and Shooting in Elkton, KY

Elkton, KY. (Todd County) On June 24, 2004 at approximately 10 p.m., Troopers Jason Newby and Bob Winters were conducting surveillance at the Elkton Crop Service located at 4050 Guthrie Road.

At approximately 22 minutes after midnight on June 25, 2004, Trooper Newby and Trooper Winters noticed three suspects attempting to steal anhydrous ammonia from one of the tanks. As the troopers approached the suspects, they identified themselves as State Police officers. The suspects then fled on foot. The suspects fled to a cornfield located behind the crop service. Before going into the field, one suspect fired a weapon at the troopers. Trooper Newby returned fire. Neither the troopers nor the suspects sustained any injuries. Several agencies responded to the scene to assist the Kentucky State Police.

At approximately 5:30 a.m. on June 25, 2004, Keith W. Gant, age 28, of Sharon Grove, KY was located in the cornfield and taken into custody. At approximately 11 a.m. on June 25, 2004, Kevin D. Dukes, age 29, of Elkton, KY was located at his residence in North Todd County and taken into custody. At approximately 12 noon on June 25, 2004, Tony L. McCormick, age 31, of Elkton, KY was located at the Todd County Pallet Mill behind the cornfield and taken into custody.

All three suspects were charged with criminal attempt to commit murder (a class A Felony) and tampering with anhydrous ammonia (a class D Felony). All three are being held in the Christian County Detention Center each on a $500,000 cash bond.

At the present time, it is believed that Tony McCormick is the suspect that shot at the troopers. However, the investigation is still in the preliminary stages. No weapon has been located as of now. Detective Tim Bailey is the case officer.

The Kentucky State Police was assisted at the scene by the KSP Aircraft Section, the Guthrie Police Department, the Elkton Police Department, the Todd County Sheriff's Department, the Logan County Sheriff's Department, the Christian County Sheriff's Department, and the Hopkinsville Police Department.

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