Man Fatally Shot In Struggle With State Trooper

OIL SPRINGS, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky State Police trooper fatally shot a man arrested on an intoxication charge after the suspect threatened him with a weapon that went undetected during a search.

Randy Baldwin, who was armed with a handgun, was shot once Tuesday evening during a struggle with Trooper Byron Hansford, state police said. Baldwin, 46, of Oil Springs in eastern Kentucky, was airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia, where he underwent surgery before dying early Wednesday, police said.

Hansford, a 17-year state police veteran assigned to the Pikeville post, was placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. An autopsy was planned on Baldwin's body.

Hansford arrested Baldwin on an alcohol intoxication charge after responding to a call of a suspicious person at an intersection in Johnson County, police said.

The trooper, who was alone, searched Baldwin and placed him in his cruiser to take him to jail.

"After traveling down the road a short way, Baldwin advised the trooper that he had a weapon and threatened to kill the trooper if he didn't pull off and let him out," said state police Trooper Scott Hopkins, a spokesman for the Pikeville post.

When Hansford opened a car door, Baldwin approached the trooper with a loaded hand gun, Hopkins said.

A struggle broke out as Hansford tried to disarm Baldwin, Hopkins said. Hansford later fired once, striking Baldwin in the torso, he said.

Hopkins was unsure why the handgun wasn't found during Hansford's search of Baldwin.

"He was wearing heavy clothing, a jacket," he said.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by CURIOUS Location: CORBIN on Dec 16, 2007 at 09:54 PM
    JUST CURIOUS, WOULD ANYBODY ON HERE LIKE TO HAVE A MEETING?? WE CAN SIT AND TALK THIS OUT WITH A DOZEN OF FRESH DONUTS.. OR MAYBE A GOOD OL' PORK CHOP??
  • by Tony Location: Ashland on Dec 16, 2007 at 07:18 PM
    In responds to Officer Joe,As you well know in any court of law in the state of Kentucky if a drunk rapes a woman he is held accountable for his actions.The fact that he was drunk would only be a factor during his sentencing,that is if a Judge wanted to hear the oral argument. But that is not the case at hand,knowing the Law I must agree with Melissa. When this KSP Trooper acted under the law to enforce the law, he was under strict enforcement guidelines stipulated by his employer on how to do that.Those guidelines are there for a reason and you know that.They protect him and the prisoner from risk of harm,this officer had every opportunity under the color of the law to find that gun and anything else he had on him. And not cuffing the prisoner, well I will not even go there!Melissa is right and almost worded it perfect. It is " Wrongful Death " the family will get Restitution. The KSP Trooper will get an early retirement because it is pathetic police work to ignore,"State Policy".
  • by Melissa Location: Flat Gap on Dec 16, 2007 at 03:55 PM
    Like I said before," NO GOOD will ever come from this. We can only LEARN from it!" Some people here in Johnson County are afraid to even go out of there homes because of this shooting, exsp the elderly.And I don't think we will be having a problem with the drunks driving or walking down the roads anymore for awhile! The people here are scared,this is like the 4 or 5th Killing by a KSP Trooper in less than 3 an a half years in Eastern Ky.I do not feel that Trooper Handsford should be charged with murder or go to jail, but I don't think he should be able to go back to work or get a Metal. And for the record, I am not a Cop basher,you guy's are seriously under paid for the work you do, and are never thanked enough.When your out there remember this ever so sad,horrible tragedy. Search better than you ever did before and handcuff tight, it could save your life and their's. I would hate to even think what would have happened if he would have made it down to County Lock-Up with a gun!
  • by Melissa Location: Flat Gap on Dec 16, 2007 at 01:48 PM
    Making a MISTAKE as everyone is calling it does not excuse the life that was lost at hands of a KSP Trooper. I think his job is too important for him to neglect details like not properly searching and handcuffing a man. Sorry, but just because he is a cop don't mean that killing a man because he did NOT do his job right is EXCUSABLE. Drunk or not, Alcoholics are people just like the rest of us and their lives have equal value. If a doctor makes a MISTAKE in surgery and someone dies they are held ACCOUNTABLE for that by a Malpractice Suit. This officer made a MISTAKE, and someone was killed because of it. Being a public servant does NOT EXCUSE his responsibility for this man's death.Being from Johnson County myself I'm sure the Grand Jury will look at this for what it really is,crappy cop work,resulting in the death of a prisoner. This Cop KNEW before the arrest when he RAN A CHECK on Randy Baldwin's name he had a history of Resisting Arrest,the cop should have called for back up then.
  • by Melissa Location: Flat Gap on Dec 16, 2007 at 12:57 PM
    BRAD(from Frankfort) Your a Police Officer and you think that people are NOT Police officers because they have NO Intestinal Fortitude to do it, or have been Arrested to many times to become a Police Officer!If that is really the way you feel....YOU DON"T NEED A BADGE! YOU NEED A MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION! It's Officers like you I think these people might be referring too. Do the people who hired you, know about your moral,senceless attitude towards citizens who are not Police Officers? Personally, my husband and I prefer higher paying jobs for our family.
  • by stephanie Location: oil spring on Dec 16, 2007 at 10:35 AM
    Brad- I take back all of my previous posts. I read them when I was sober and I don't make much sense do I.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Dec 16, 2007 at 08:38 AM
    It's sad that it had to end this way, but from what I'm hearing, it had to end this way. To the idiot who said that he should've never opened the door...do you think a gun can't shoot through glass or a car? This drunk would've just shot him through the cage if he hadn't pulled over when he was threatened. Get a life! And to the person who made the comment about Joey Howard's death...Joey was a good man and a heck of a good cop. I don't know where you get your information, but if he was having a bachelor party, how is that any different than what you would do before you get married? And how does that relate to his heart attack which killed him? And he wasn't getting married the next day, he died on Christmas Eve. You need to quit spreading rumors and lies and speculation about people you don't know and know nothing about the circumstances surrounding it.
  • by Joe Location: Anderson on Dec 16, 2007 at 07:51 AM
    ..Just because he is drunk, does that makes him less dangerous or more dangerous? All I'm saying is ask your questions in a productive way and do not jump to conclusions. As a 10 year veteran, I do try to treat everyone with the most respect. But there are times that some people do mistake kindness for weakness, especially those who are intoxicated. We do have a difficult job, but we did choose this line of work and we are accountable to the taxpayers because after all we swore to protect and serve those who call upon us. Once again, for the general public, ask your questions and critize the individual actions, not the entire Law enforcement. 98 % of all police officers are great cops who is trying to do the right thing. We do have a split second to make a decision out there, do we always make the right decisions? No, not really, should that be taken into an account,ABSOLUTELY! Is this a learning lesson for all Law Enforcement, ABSOLUTELY! Never put anyone in your car without searching.
  • by Joe Location: Anderson on Dec 16, 2007 at 07:36 AM
    It is always a tragedy when someone loses their life, whether it is an officer doing his or her job, other the offender committing the crime. I do agree with Melissa that it is okay to ask questions when there is an officer involved shooting. But it is not the "questioning" that bothers me as a police officer, it is the negative attitude that the general public has. I do agree with some of the issues that most people in this forum raised such as should that trooper should have searched the perpetrator properly, but for someone to say that randy was just drunk and that he did not know any better is outrageous. Just because someone is drunk does not justifies their actions. For example, you take a man who has been drinking all night and later that night he rapes a female. Because he is drunk does that justifies his actions, perhaps he was just good ol boy and he did not been any harm, all he wanted was just release some stress. You all tell me what you think......
  • by johnny Location: ky on Dec 16, 2007 at 04:50 AM
    when a police officer pulls me over for any reason the first thing i tell him is i have a pistol under my seat and they allways thank me for telling them.they allways take the gun remove the bullets and when they get through with me they allways give it back.i would hate to think what would hampen.if i pulled the gun out myself.that would be a wrong move. i have a son that is a debuty shirref.and i worry about him all the time.i would not want him taking chances with some one with a gun.and i dont think the trooper had no choise but to do what he did.but that is just my oppion you have a right to yours

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