TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Farmington Man Faces Charges of Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder of a Police Officer
Date of News Release: 12/12/2012
(FARMINGTON, KY) -- On December 11, 2012 at approximately 7:09 pm, the Kentucky State Police at Mayfield received a 911 call of a domestic dispute on KY 1890 in the Graves County community of Farmington. Upon arrival of two KSP uniformed troopers, the caller had locked herself in her home, and the perpetrator had gotten onto a tractor, and was threatening to destroy vehicles at the residence. The perpetrator then fled the scene in a Ford 7710 tractor with an attached front-end loader. Troopers attempted to stop the tractor; however, the perpetrator disregarded the officers' emergency equipment and traveled west on KY 1890 before exiting the roadway and entering a field area.
At one point the perpetrator attempted to ram KSP troopers; however, the units were able to get out of the way, unharmed. The perpetrator continued into another field and troopers got out of their cruisers and followed on foot. The perpetrator turned the tractor around abruptly, lowered the front end loader and attempted to run over the troopers. The troopers fired their service weapons, striking the tractor. The perpetrator continued operating the tractor, crossing KY 1890 and entering another field area, before the front tire was deflated. The tractor became disabled and the driver refused police commands to exit the cab of the tractor. A trooper deployed an issued Electronic Control Device (ECD), through an open window of the tractor's cab, striking the perpetrator. The perpetrator continued to resist arrest, but was taken into custody after being extracted from the tractor.
The perpetrator was identified as Michael A. Rose (45). Mr. Rose was arrested and charged with the following offenses:
Fleeing/Evading Police – 1st Degree
Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder of a Police Officer (2 counts)
Mr. Rose was lodged in the Graves County Jail. The investigation is continuing by Lieutenant Jonathan Grant.