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Trooper Jonathan Biven
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Charles Burns Investigation Update

Date of News Release: 01/06/2010

(Bowling Green, KY) -- In November 2009, The Kentucky State Police received a call for assistance from the Edmonson County Sheriff Department regarding a homicidal and suicidal subject on Barbee Road in the Rocky Hill community in Edmonson County.

Upon arrival, Kentucky State Police personnel made contact with Charles Byrns, age 60. After making contact with Mr. Byrns, he fired several shots at law enforcement officers that were on the scene. After shooting at law enforcement, Mr. Byrns retreated into his residence and refused to come out.

After Mr. Byrns retreated into his residence and communication broke off, the Kentucky State Police State Police Special Response Team was notified and responded. Upon arrival, the Special Response Team, re-established contact with Mr. Byrns and was able to talk him into coming out of his residence. Mr. Byrns was then taken into custody without incident. He was then transported to Post 3 in Bowling Green where he was interview and then lodged in the Grayson County jail and charged with Attempted Murder on a Police Officer.

There were no injuries sustained to either Byrns or Kentucky State Police personnel.


On December 16, 2009 Det. Scott Skaggs presented this case to the Edmonson County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury returned an indictment for 15 counts of Attempted Murder on Police Officer & 20 counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.

On 01/06/2010, Detective Scott Skaggs of KSP Post 3 in Bowling Green executed an indictment on Charles Burns of Smiths Grove at the Grayson County Detention Center. Mr. Burns remained lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond. Further details about this investigation are not being released at this time.

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