Trooper Kendra Wilson
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 12, Frankfort
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Accidental Shooting Leads State Police to a Booby Trap Marijuana Indoor Grow
Date of News Release: 10/04/2005
(Post 12 Frankfort, KY) On Monday, October 03, 2005 at 11:29 AM Kentucky State Police received a call from the Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown, KY concerning an accidental shooting that occurred in Spencer County.
KSP Post 4 Elizabethtown Detective responded. Upon arrival he spoke to the victim Danny Walden, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. Due to his injury Danny Walden was transported by ambulance to the University of Louisville Hospital. Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was accidentally shot himself while attempting to booby trap his residence to protect his marijuana indoor grow.
State Police Detective, Post 12 Troopers and KSP Hazardous Devices Unit went to the victim's residence located 950 Bowman Lane, Taylorsville, KY. Upon arrival Troopers smelled a strong order of marijuana coming from within the victim's residence.
A search warrant was obtained by State Police to search the residence. KSP Hazardous Devices Unit found and removed the single booby-trapped rifle that had injured the victim. No other booby traps devices were located.
Search of the residence led to the discovery of 37 marijuana plants found growing in a closet. Additional 78 marijuana plants were located in a crawl space fixed to grow marijuana. Four surveillance cameras and monitors were discovered along with several guns.
Danny Walden has been charged with Cultivating in Marijuana 2nd Offense and Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon. He will be lodged in the Shelby Detention Center.
Investigation is continuing by Post 12 Frankfort.
"The Kentucky State Police encourages the public to report any suspected drug activity to our anonymous drug tip-line at 1-800-DOPETIP"