Man in jail after allegedly firing shotgun at sheriff's deputy

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"Anytime that we respond to a shots fired call, we are on high alert," says Trooper Paul Blanton, with Kentucky State Police.

Kentucky State Police were called out to Country Estates Road in Berea around 8:30 Sunday night. It was off-duty Madison County Sheriff's deputy, Stacey Cummins. Cummins reported that his next door neighbor, 64-year-old, Teddy Wagers fired a shotgun at him.

"Certainly a situation where a sworn deputy is reporting being shot at, we definitely take it very seriously," adds Blanton.

Deputy Cummins says he has known Wagers for 10 years. He says Wagers wasn't himself Sunday night. Cummins says that Wagers is a veteran and believes he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. Cummins says it was out of nowhere that Wagers fired a
shot gun at him.

WKYT put in a request to interview Wagers from the Madison County Detention Center but he declined our request for an interview.

Deputy Cummins wasn't injured during the incident. State Police say that Wagers was holding the shotgun when they arrived but that he was cooperative. Wagers is charged with first degree wanton endangerment for putting others on Country Estates Road at risk.

"If you've got a shotgun, it could definitely show a pattern wide enough that it could hit someone 100 yards away and injure them," says Blanton.

Deputy Cummins tells WKYT that he has no hard feelings towards Wagers after the incident, but hopes he gets the help he believes his next door neighbor needs

Wagers faces up to five years in jail if he is convicted.

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