HAZARD – A Perry County man on the lam for several months after he allegedly shot his father was arrested by Hazard police Thursday afternoon, and is now facing additional charges of robbery and resisting arrest.
Authorities in Perry County had been on the lookout for 46-year-old Ronald Clark since August 29, 2011. That’s when they say he shot his father, Ronnie Willard Clark, with a shotgun at his business in Avawam before fleeing the scene. Ronnie Clark survived the incident, while his son was indicted by the grand jury in October, though he had yet to be arrested prior to Thursday’s incident.
Officers with the Hazard Police Department responded to a call of a possible shoplifter at Kmart at 4:22 p.m., and when they arrived on the scene they witnessed a male — who was later idenfitied as Ronald Clark — shoving a Kmart employee and attempting to flee the store, according to Deputy Chief Joe Engle. He added that the employee advised the officer that Clark was also armed with a knife.
The officer ordered Clark to drop the knife, and though he failed to comply and did resist, Engle noted that the officers were able to detain him without any serious altercation.
Clark, who was indicted in the August 2011 shooting case on charges of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of first-degree criminal mischief, is now facing additional charges of first-degree robbery, menacing and resisting arrest stemming from the incident in Hazard on Thursday.
Clark is currently lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard on a $250,000 bond.