BONNYMAN — A Perry County man is accused of attempting to murder police officers after Kentucky State Police (KSP) says the man fired a pistol at troopers during a stand-off.
KSP says they received a call of a disturbance at a residence on Greenbiar Court in the Perry County community of Bonnyman Wednesday evening.
Joshua L. Neace, 29, of Bonnyman was believed to have been firing his handgun in the Greenbiar Court neighborhood, causing the disturbance. KSP says this caused safety concerns for the residents of the area.
When troopers arrived on the scene, they could not locate Neace.
Later that evening, KSP says they received another call saying Neace was back at his residence, causing another disturbance.
According to the arrest warrant, Neace’s mother, Kathy Baker Neace, told KSP troopers Neace had threatened to kill her, but she was able to flee the house.
She also notified KSP troopers that Neace had a pistol in his possession.
Neace had barricaded himself in his mobile home and when KSP troopers attempted to ask Neace to step outside to speak with the KSP troopers, but KSP says Neace refused to comply. According to KSP, Neace made verbal threats to the KSP troopers.
After Neace made the verbal threats, KSP says shots were then heard coming from inside the mobile home.
It was at this point KSP evacuated residents in the area for their safety.
One moment during the stand-off, KSP says Neace came to the front door with the handgun and started shooting at KSP troopers. KSP troopers returned fire. No one was hurt during the confrontation.
KSP says Neace continued to fire his firearm from inside the mobile home for the next several hours.
The stand-off ended when KSP’s Special Response Team (SRT) was activated. After SRT tossed tear gas inside the home, Neace exited the mobile home. According to KSP, Neace resisted arrest. The SRT had to use their Tazers on Neace.
The stand-off ended around 3:14 a.m.
Neace was transported to Hazard ARH for medical clearance before being lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail.
He is facing a charge of attempted murder of a police officer, but KSP says Neace may face additional charges as the investigations continue.
Lt. Chris Hollan with KSP Post 9 is in charge of the investigation.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.