State Police were called to the scene Thursday at 6:07 a.m. on Wolf Creek Road in the Rousseau community after members of the local fire department informed police that several people were arguing amongst themselves and there were three separate structures on fire.
Police say Rousseau resident Ray Brown set fire to the abandoned houses and an old bus early Thursday morning, and he was later confronted by several people, one of whom, identified as Roger Spencer, was carrying a firearm.
Brown then entered a vehicle and drove in Spencer’s direction, and that’s when Spencer allegedly fired several shots at the car with a .22 caliber rifle. Brown was hit several times, police say, and as he attempted to flee the scene, he struck two parked vehicles that belonged to firefighters before colliding with a tree and going over an embankment.
Brown later had to be extricated from the vehicle by personnel with the Jackson Fire Department before he was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center in Tennessee. He was treated for injuries from the gunshot and the crash. He is currently listed in stable condition, according to a press release from the Kentucky State Police.
Authorities questioned Spencer about the incident and arrested him on Friday, charging him with one count of first-degree assault. He was taken to and lodged in the Three Forks Regional Jail in Beattyville.