Trooper Robert Purdy
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 7, Richmond
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Arrest of Barricaded Suspect in Estill County
Date of News Release: 12/07/2006
(RICHMOND, KY) - On 12/07/2006 at 0022 hours, troopers of the Kentucky State Police Post 7, Richmond, responded to a domestic altercation at a residence on Elmer Richardson Road in Estill County. Upon arrival of the troopers, shots were fired by the suspect. The suspect then apparently barricaded himself in the residence. Troopers were able to establish contact with the suspect and observed him on several occasions exit and re-enter the residence armed with an SKS semi-automatic rifle. KSP troopers established a perimeter at the residence and Kentucky State Police Special Response Team was activated and responded to the scene. Several residents in nearby homes were evacuated by troopers at the scene. At 0712, the Kentucky State Police Special Response Team deployed chemical agents into the residence and shortly afterwards the suspect surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody. No citizens or law enforcement officers were injured during the course of this incident. Fire and EMS personnel from Estill County were standing by at the scene. Michael McDowell was lodged in the Estill County Jail.