By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The sound of a gunshot rang out along Happy Hollow Road Friday afternoon, as a homeowner tried to protect himself and his property from an unwanted invader.
Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Morris, Sgt. Josh Gaylor and Constable Tim May responded to the residence, located 10 miles southeast of London, around 1:30 p.m. where they learned that a male subject had tried to bust in the door of a residence with a wooden post. But the gunshot fired into the air by the homeowner served as a warning and the would-be burglar ran off into the woods before police arrived.
The homeowner, however, was unyielding in his quest for self-protection, chasing the man into the woods and capturing him until police got to the area.
Curtis Scalf, 28, of Hopkins Cemetery Road in Lily, was arrested on charges of first-degree attempted burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal trespass, and public intoxication of controlled substances. Scalf admitted to trying to break into the residence, as well as telling police that he had taken “several different prescription meds” prior to attempting to break into the man’s home.
Scalf was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center after his arrest.