Somerset, Ky. - Somerset police have now identified the man arrested early today after a nearly two-hour standoff in Somerset where police say the subject was "waiving a gun around."
Police say the man is 41-year old David R. Wilson of Lexington, an apparent convicted felon. Wilson was taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital where he was evaluated. He was then treated and released late in the afternoon. After his release he was incarcerated in the Pulaski County Detention Center charged with wanton endangerment, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to authorities, Somerset Officer Greg Martin responded to a report of a "suspicious subject" at a cement plant on West Columbia Street around 5 a.m. Pulaski 9-1-1 told authorities the male subject was behind one of the buildings at the top of a stairway at a side door. Officer Martin said he approached Wilson but backed away after the subject "began mumbling something," and pointed a gun at the officer.
Martin took cover behind his police crusier and called for back-up. Other units arrived and after about ninety minutes of negotiations they were able to take the subject into custody. No shots were fired during the incident, no one was injured and no property was damaged.
Along with Officer Martin, Major Doug Nelson, Sgt. Donald Stevens Jr., Sgt. Brad Stevens, Officers Larry Patterson, Jordan Hoseclaw, Eric Moore, Pete Langdon and Josh Wesley also were on the scene.
Major Nelson and Sgt. D. Stevens were able to establish communications with Wilson and credited with defusing what could have been a more serious situation. An investigation is continuing.