Intruder with knife held at gunpoint by homeowner

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A homeowner held an intruder at gunpoint until police arrived.

Around 6:20 p.m. on Friday, the Whitley County Sheriff's department responded to a home on Highway 92 east, approximately 17 miles from Williamsburg. The homeowner reported that a man had tried to force his way into the home through the front door. When that failed, the homeowner said the man busted out a window and was swinging a knife.

When police arrived, they found Lonnie Paul, 67, of Paul Reynolds Road partially in the home by way of the busted out window. Someone in the home grabbed a shotgun and was holding Paul at gunpoint until police arrived, in order to protect a two-year-old in the home.

There was damage to the home's front door, and Paul did have a knife in his possession according to police at the scene.They also say that Paul appeared very intoxicated and that he told Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell he had been at a nearby residence drinking moonshine.

There was no given reason for why Paul decided to try entering that home.

Sheriff Harrell said, "Because there is no apparent reason why Paul chose this particular house, this is a bizarre case. Unfortunately law enforcement is pretty used to handling these senseless but very dangerous situations. The perpetrator is fortunate to be alive. The victims were protecting their home and the two-year-old inside."

Paul was transported by Whitley County EMS to Baptist Health Corbin. He was later lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

He is charged with first-degree attempted burglary, second-degree wanton endangerment, alcohol intoxication in a public place, menacing, third-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree criminal mischief.

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