LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A domestic violence dispute on Falls Street nearly turned deadly Saturday night landing a London man behind bars.
Officers from the London Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Falls Street where an adult female victim was waiting outside the residence for officers to arrive.
According to police reports, the victim stated that her boyfriend, 75 year-old Kenneth Gilliam of 445 Falls Street, London, was inside the home and had some sort of long gun.
Gilliam was located inside the residence, seemingly intoxicated, sitting on the steps that lead up to the attic of the garage. He was holding a shotgun in his lap and had an alcoholic beverage sitting next to him.
Sgt. Daniel Robinson stood behind the door frame of the stairs and attempted to talk Gilliam into handing over his weapon. After several attempts to get Gilliam to put down the gun had failed, Gilliam began pleading with Sgt. Robinson to kill him.
As Gilliam spoke with Robinson, the shotgun he was holding slipped out of his lap and slid down three or four steps.
Officers used the opportunity to approach Gilliam as he stood up and then fell down the steps. Gilliam was taken into custody without further incident.
Neither Gilliam nor the responding officers sustained any physical injury during the incident.
Gilliam was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Assisting Robinson on scene were officers Eric Stallard, Jordan Hopkins and Ryan Jackson.