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Standoff Ends Peacefully in Hopkins County

Date of News Release: 02/11/2011

Earlington, KY. (Hopkins County) -- On Friday, February 11, 2011, at approximately 5:08 a.m., the Kentucky State Police Post 2 Madisonville received a call for assistance from Hopkins County Central Dispatch. HCCD had received a call from an individual, identified as Joe K. Umstattd, age 55 of Madisonville, KY, from his residence on Hopkinsville Road (US 41), approximately one mile south of Earlington, requesting an ambulance. HCCD was requesting KSP assistance due to Mr. Umstattd making threats toward law enforcement in the past.

Upon law enforcement's and EMS's arrival, Mr. Umstattd refused to leave his residence and made threats toward law enforcement personnel. After several hours of negotiation, Mr. Umstattd agreed to exit his residence. He was taken into custody at 12:59 p.m. There were no injuries reported.

Mr. Umstattd was charged with the following offenses:

  1. Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree
  2. Terroristic Threatening 2nd Degree
  3. Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree (2 counts)

He was lodged in the Hopkins County Detention Center.

The Kentucky State Police was assisted at the scene by the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department, the Madisonville Police Department, and the State Highway Department.

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