By Rob McDaniel
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A disagreement over a sold vehicle led to shots being fired Friday at the duck pond in Levi Jackson State Park and ended with the arrest of a Laurel County man and woman on multiple charges, including attempted murder.
The arrests occurred on Friday afternoon at approximately 2:17 p.m. following a complaint that an altercation was actively taking place at the duck pond in Levi Jackson State Park, off Levi Jackson Mill Road, just south of London.
During the altercation, one of the two parties attempted to leave the scene in his pickup; at that time, shots were fired into the truck. Deputies found marks on the truck that appeared to be from gunshots. A .22 caliber revolver was recovered at the scene.
Michael Sellers, 20, of Barbourville Road in London was charged with attempted murder and also an outstanding Whitley County bench warrant for failure to appear in court.
A woman who accompanied Sellers to the scene, Autumn Martin, 18, of Barbourville Road in London, was also arrested and charged with complicity to commit murder and fourth-degree assault, as she assaulted the male victim as deputies arrived on the scene.
Laurel County Sheriff’s Office Public Affairs Officer and Deputy Gilbert Acciardo said that shots being fired anywhere in Laurel County is pretty unheard of, but law enforcement agencies take these incidents very seriously.
“The duck pond is a family area and, because of that, we will definitely be increasing our patrols in the area,” Acciardo said. “You occasionally hear about someone pulling a knife on someone, but for people to actually pull out a gun and start firing in a public area is pretty unheard of around here. This was definitely an isolated incident, but we want places like the duck pond to continue to be safe places for families to enjoy.”
Sellers and Martin were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Deputy Kevin Berry and Bailiff Andrew Lawson assisted at the scene. Detective Josh Scott continues the investigation.