Kentucky Constable Shoots FBI Agent Trying To Arrest Him
Somerset, KY – A Pulaski County constable shot a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who was trying to arrest him on a federal warrant on Friday morning and the FBI shot back.
A federal grand jury indicted Pulaski County Constables Michael “Wally” Wallace and Gary E. Baldock on a charge alleging civil rights violations on Feb. 27, but the charges were sealed until after both men were arrested, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.
Federal agents went to arrest Constable Baldock at his residence on Mountain View Drive near the airport in Somerset at about 6 a.m. on Friday morning.
Officials said the constable shot the FBI agent who was trying to take him into custody.
Agents returned fire and shot Constable Baldock, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.
An FBI spokesman said that both the constable and the agent were in stable condition at the hospital, but he wouldn’t confirm the identities of either man.
However, the Lexington Herald Leader confirmed that Constable Baldock lived on the street where the shootings occurred.
Constable Wallace’s attorney confirm that his client was also arrested on Friday morning.
The FBI had been investigating Constables Wallace and Baldock for corruption, including discrepancies in the amount of cash and drugs taken from drug dealers versus what was logged into evidence, the Lexington Herald Leader reported.
The investigation stemmed from a complaint by a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who said he had an even $9,000 in his house when he was arrested, but the evidence log showed the constables claimed to have taken only $7,430.
Constables in Kentucky have full arrest powers and are elected to office by the citizens, the Lexington Herald Leader reported.
Constable Wallace was elected in 2006 and, prior to this incident, was widely considered to be a candidate for sheriff in 2022.
The charges pending against the two constables could compromise the prosecution of numerous criminal drug cases.
An FBI mobile command center was on the scene and Kentucky State Police were assisting with the investigation, WVLT reported.
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