TFC Corey King
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 16, Henderson
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Commendation For Lieutenant Pat Isbill, Unit 81
Date of News Release: 06/13/2006
(Henderson, KY) - On June 9, 2004, Lieutenant Pat Isbill responded to a call in Ohio County. Relatives of an individual had called stating that their 20 year old grandson had threatened to kill them. They also advised that their grandson had discharged a firearm outside their residence. The grandparents were fearful that their grandson would harm them or anyone else who may confront him.
Lieutenant Pat Isbill, Unit 81, Trooper Tim Payne, Unit 575, along with Ohio County Deputies, responded to the scene and began a search of the area.
A perimeter was established with Lieutenant Isbill, Trooper Payne and an Ohio County Deputy in close proximity to each other. Soon after conferring with each other the individual in question confronted the officers, stating repeatedly "I'm not going to jail" and "You are going to have to kill me or I will kill you." The subject was carrying a loaded double barreled shotgun and was very agitated. Both Trooper Payne and Lt. Isbill were in an open field with no cover available to them.
Lieutenant Isbill, Unit 81, and Trooper Tim Payne, Unit 575, attempted to establish a dialogue with the subject who only became more agitated.
The subject began moving toward the officer and was asked several times not to point the shotgun at them and ordered him several times to drop the weapon.
The subject continued toward the officers yelling "You drop yours" (firearms).
Lieutenant Isbill, Unit 81, was forced to protect himself and discharged his weapon towards the approaching individual striking him one time. Trooper Tim Payne, Unit 575, also fired striking the subject one time.
The deranged individual then fell to the ground and was treated for his non-life threatening injuries.
Lieutenant Isbill and Trooper Payne remained calm throughout a very stressful situation and reacted as they were trained and prevented the possibility of harm to themselves or others.
Lieutenant Isbill's actions brought credit to himself and to the Kentucky State Police.
I respectfully request that Lieutenant Pat Isbill, Unit 81, be officially commended for his actions. I recommend that Lieutenant Isbill receive an award for Meritorious Service with a "V" Device.