Owlsey Firefighter Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting KSP Trooper

OWSLEY, CO. -- An Owsley County firefighter has bonded out of jail after allegedly assaulting and menacing a Kentucky State Trooper at the scene of a triple-injury accident Saturday night.

The accident occurred on Fish Creek Loop Road near Booneville about 9 p.m. Saturday. Richmond Post Spokesman Trooper Chris Lanham says Trooper Sonny Dunaway "forcibly arrested" 28-year-old firefighter Chris Gabbard of Booneville, described as a scuffle between the two. Dunaway and Gabbard had both responded to work the scene of the accident.

Gabbard was treated for a minor injury at Kentucky River Medical Center following the incident. He was then incarcerated in Three Rivers Regional Detention Center in Beattyville and released on bond Sunday.

KSP Spokesman Lanham says Dunaway is a seven year veteran officer and a resident of Beattyville. Dunaway remains on duty.

Lanham said, "The use of force by Trooper Dunaway is being investigated by a supervisor, per Kentucky State Police policy and procedures."


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  • by Worktogether on Mar 25, 2008 at 11:39 PM
    I do not know what happened or claim to know. But I would say that relations between the police and fire are going to be strained from here on out. All these guys have tough jobs.
  • by Anonymous Location: booneville on Feb 27, 2008 at 06:53 AM
    Im a Gabbard and no I dont feel Im better than anyone.NO Sonny Dunaway is not related to me or Chris Gabbard and since your so well informed Chris has never been in a firetruck drunk or drinking. This did happen with another member and it was dealt with accordingly. If your so interested in what they are doing why don't you get a membership application and join. Go spend your own money to train and go to fires and rescue scenes.Its so easy to sit back and ridicule someone for doing this or that.I bet you drink also and so do 40% of this county 30% who are gonna be found somewhere with a needle in there arm.I love when people tell all about whats going on, who did what to who and so on.then they lead on in to say If I was this or If it was up to me this would take place.Even go as far as to swear on the bible that it is the truth.95%of the time they have no clue as to whats really happening,& they never will because its hard to do anything worth while from the couch or the gossip bench.
  • by fact on Feb 26, 2008 at 04:46 PM
    The firetrucks are placed in a postion to protect fire crew and people involved in accidents. It is NOT the troopers place to have it moved if this is the reason. Where I am from the fire dept doing the extrication or rescue has control over the scene, not the troopers. Even with that we always work together and never throw our weight around to shows whos boss, we just get the job done.
  • by Anonymous Location: BOONEVILLE on Feb 26, 2008 at 08:44 AM
    This isnt the frist time that these guys had words and yes they are related,True they are both hotheads,I heard that a few ask gabbard to move his truck and he wouldnt,If he was any kind of a man he would have moved the truck so they could get the people out of the wreck car.Isnt it also true the gabbard guy has been driving the fire truck while drinking,Driving the fire truck no place for a drunk.If that been anyone else they would be let go long time agao.but not a gabbard they think better then anyone else
  • by Update?? on Feb 24, 2008 at 07:53 PM
    Has this gone to court? Whats new on this
  • by firefighter family member Location: booneville on Feb 22, 2008 at 07:05 PM
    NO! They are most definitely NOT related.They are both hot heads but the fact still remains that the trooper lost his cool and thats what started it in the first place.It's hard to step upto the door of a firetruck out of the blue and curse a guy and call him a %$#@ when he's broke no laws and expect not to get it right back.especially if he's a hothead to,badge or no badge. If the trooper had given any respect at all instead of trying to bully someone I'm certain this would not have happened.but yes they are both hotheads.
  • by Anonymous Location: BOONEVILLE on Feb 20, 2008 at 02:33 PM
    Hey now why not ask the ksp why wasnt his cam on when all this took place,,that will show who did what and when,, now days is'nt that the law for them to be on all the time when they are working..I thank both of them are hot heads guys .They are family right????? Come on people
  • by Anonymous Location: booneville on Feb 14, 2008 at 05:14 AM
    last word I heard was KSP was willing to drop everything.Which I dont know that I would agree to strictly because of principal .Court date is today at 9:30 am which means sitting all day at the courthouse so at 5pm they can say it's put off till next month come back then.
  • by just courious Location: USA on Feb 12, 2008 at 04:48 PM
    Any new word on this?
  • by Anonymous Location: booneville on Feb 8, 2008 at 02:17 PM
    they might be held to a higher standard but most could'nt climb up to the standard or quality of the average person in Owsley co.I have been burglarized as well and I would have been just as well off to call the dairy bar and order a milkshake. As to call the KSP or anyone else for that matter.This trooper may be a fine fellow but even fine fellows make mistakes.
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