Trooper Jonathan Biven
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 3, Bowling Green
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**Updated 10-02-2004** Barricaded Subject Update
Date of News Release: 10/2/2004
(Bowling Green, KY) - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF) & Kentucky State Police ended a three-day standoff with a barricade suspect in Bowling Green, KY this afternoon. The standoff ended with the suspect, Russell Sublett, 41, surrendering after hours of on-going negotiations with ATF agents, KSP & a Bowling Green Police Department officer.
Sublett was taken into custody & transported to the Medical Center at Bowling Green for treatment of injuries sustained during the standoff. During the course of the standoff he fired approximately 200 rounds. He was wounded during the exchanges of gunfire with ATF & KSP officers. The extent of Sublett's injuries is undetermined, but they do not appear to be life threatening. ATF agents & KSP officers were not injured during the exchange of gunfire. Sublett was transported to the Medical Center in Bowling Green for treatment.
ATF's Special Response Team & KSP negotiators tried to communicate with Sublett throughout the incident. Initial attempts to communicate with Sublett were met with silence or him firing rounds at ATF agents & KSP Special Response Team.
"We were concerned for his safety, as well as all the officers & the members of the community," said ATF Special Agent in Charge , Karl L. Stankovic, Louisville Field Division.
"The collaborative efforts of all the law enforcement agencies involved in this operation were instrumental in the surrender of Sublett," said Stankovic.
"Thanks to patience and perseverance we were able to get the suspect out safely. We want to thank the community for their patience & support," said Major Jeff Hancock of the Kentucky State Police.
Agencies involved in this incident are the ATF, KSP troopers & SRT, Warren County Sheriff's Department, Metropolitan Lexington Bomb Squad, Metropolitan Nashville SWAT team, & Bowling Green Police Department.