HARRODSBURG — One of two men accused of shooting bullets near Mercer County Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday night is still at large.
About 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mercer deputies received a report of a dispute between neighbors at a home along Battlefield Road north of Perryville. As law enforcement officials responded to the scene, Kenneth Ray Cook, 33, and Ashley Robin Sparks, 34, allegedly ran out of the house firing gunshots, said Mercer Sheriff Ernie Kelty. Officials do not know whether the men were firing into the air or aiming toward deputies.
Cook and Sparks allegedly ran away through a nearby cornfield; Kentucky State Police troopers, Mercer and Boyle County deputies, Mercer and Boyle constables, and Dixville Fire Department volunteers spent hours looking for the suspects.
A deputy working the case, Scott Elder, received a tip Thursday morning regarding Cook’s whereabouts; this tip enabled officers to arrest the suspect, Kelty said. Cook, of Harrodsburg, is being held without bond in Boyle County Detention Center on charges of resisting arrest and violating his probation. More charges are pending.
“With some of the calls we go on, we know there is always a possibility of gunshots being fired in our vicinity,” Kelty said. “However, it is pretty unusual to have it actually happen in this area.”
As of this morning, Sparks was still at large but law enforcement officers had received some information about his possible whereabouts.
“I am grateful that no one was hurt during this situation,” Kelty said. “I am also grateful that so many emergency response agencies worked together in this investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department at (859) 734-4221.