May 2, 2014

Shots fired: Drunk man shoots into neighbor’s yard


The report of shots fired while police were en route to a dispute between two neighbors just before midnight Saturday.

The incident began with a verbal argument on Cotton Road, 14 miles south of London, around 11:57 p.m. Laurel County   Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Morris and Kentucky State Police  Troopers Brandon Creekmore, Jason McCowan, Chris Roberts and Chris Saunders all went to the scene where they found a man standing in the middle of the road. Officers had been informed while they were en route that the argument had escalated to the point that shots had been fired. The man standing in the roadway fit the description given to Laurel 911 Dispatchers when the second call came in.

As officers approached the man, identified as 67-year-old Junior Cornett of Edge Water Road in Corbin, they noted the strong smell of alcohol on him. Despite the presence of the officers, Cornett continued to curse and yell, creating a disturbance to surrounding neighbors.

As the investigation into the incident unveiled, it was discovered Cornett had been in the road cursing and yelling and then fired a shot into his neighbor’s front yard. Cornett told the victim he was the police and went into the other man’s yard. The victim tried to disarm Cornett, who then discharged another shot past the man’s front door where the man’s wife and teenage daughter were inside the home.

Cornett was arrested and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, impersonating a peace officer, alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree disorderly conduct. He was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center following his arrest and arraigned in Laurel District Court on Monday where his bond was set at $10,000 cash. A preliminary hearing set for May 6.

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