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Domestic Disturbance Investigation in Graves County

Date of News Release: 09/30/2009

(Water Valley, Ky) -- On Sunday evening, September 27, 2009, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) responded to a residence on Batts Road in Graves County, near Water Valley, in reference to a domestic disturbance. The investigation revealed that the perpetrator, Judy Davis allegedly fired rounds at her ex-boyfriend after a verbal argument escalated. The ex-boyfriend allegedly managed to get the gun away from the female after the shots were fired. Upon getting the gun from the perpetrator, the ex-boyfriend threw the gun into a soybean field next to the residence, for safety reasons.

Kentucky State Police searched several hours trying to locate the firearm, with negative results.

KSP subsequently requested assistance from Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Officer Daniel Richardson and his canine partner "Tar", who is trained in the recovery of firearms and other articles. Tar recovered the firearm that had been thrown into the soybean field after the domestic disturbance call on Sunday night. Officer Richardson and his canine located the firearm within minutes of searching the field.

Officer Richardson and his canine have been valuable assets to the Kentucky State Police, as well as other local agencies in the region during the past year while searching for similar evidentiary items, lost persons, fugitives and other lost articles. Sergeant Joey Adams of the Kentucky State Police commended the actions of Tar and his handler on this and other investigations conducted by the agencies. "Officer Richardson and Tar have been instrumental in locating fleeing suspects and discarded items of evidence over the past year and we are very proud of the working relationship that we have with our fellow state agency in this area," said Sergeant Adams.

The female perpetrator, Judy Davis was arrested by the Kentucky State Police and charged with three counts of Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree and lodged in the Graves County Jail. The investigation is continuing by Sergeant Joey Adams.

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