TFC Michael Murriell
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 14, Ashland
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Felony Arrest in Carter County
Date of News Release: 03/11/07
(Ashland, KY) - Kentucky State Police in Ashland are continuing their investigation following the arrest of two Carter County residents involved in an altercation with an off-duty Grayson Police Department Police Officer early Sunday morning.
Carter County Dispatch responded to a call of a domestic dispute in the Willard area involving David Walker and Kristan Maggard. While Carter County Sheriff's deputies were enroute, an off duty Grayson Police Officer, Officer John Fitzgerald, stops alongside a parked vehicle believed to be owned by Walker. This was the area of KY 1496 in Willard. Fitzgerald identified both parties in the 2002 SUV as David Walker and Kristan Maggard and during the course of the stop, a physical altercation ensued between Fitzgerald and Walker. During the struggle, Maggard assaulted Fitzgerald which allowed Walker to grab Fitzgerald's firearm and hold him at gunpoint. Moments later, Walker and Maggard fled the scene in their vehicle. Minutes later, they are stopped by Carter County Sheriff's deputies at the junction of KY 1 and KY 1496 at which time Walker exited the vehicle and held Fitzgerald's firearm to his own head. Walker then entered back into the vehicle and fled the scene. At this point, Kentucky State Police Troopers took control of the pursuit. Once again, Walker stopped his vehicle on KY 1122 and pointed the firearm at his head. Troopers attempted to negotiate with Walker but he enters back into his vehicle and fled again. Minutes later, Walker stopped his vehicle, exited on foot, and placed the firearm to his head again. This time, Maggard exited the vehicle as well. SGT Jim Shelton and Trooper Ben Tanner negotiated for about 30-45 minutes for the surrender of Walker to authorities. Walker relinquished the firearm to Maggard in which she pointed the firearm to her head while Walker approached the Troopers.
Several minutes later, Troopers are able to get Maggard to drop the weapon and walk to their position. At this time, both suspects were advised they were under arrest. A struggle ensued between the Walker and officers but Walker was eventually restrained.
- Additional Charges are pending against both suspects*
- Officer Fitzgerald received minor scrapes and abrasions and was treated by Grayson EMS.
The case remains under investigation by SGT Jim Shelton