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UPDATE: Second arrest made in Knott County shooting

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email
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MOUSIE, Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATE 9/10/13 2:30 PM

Police say that they have taken another man in custody for his role in Monday's shooting in Knott County.

Kentucky State Police officials confirmed the arrest of Rocky Wicker, Jr. on Tuesday. His father was arrested directly after the shooting on Monday.

We have a crew on the way and will provide more information after it becomes available.

UPDATE 9/9/13 8:45 p.m.

A probation and parole officer is recovering tonight after he was shot in Knott County this afternoon.

Police say four probation parole officers were searching in the Mousie community of Knott County Monday afternoon when something went wrong.

"They were trying to locate Rocky Wicker, Jr. They had a pending warrant on him for absconding probation supervision," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Jody Sims.

When the officers stopped at the home of his dad, Rocky Wicker, Sr., police say things took a turn for the worse.

Police say when the probation officers pulled up at the house Rocky Wicker, Sr. Came outside on the lower level porch and started firing.

Donald Puckett says he pulled into the post office next door and quickly realized what was happening.

"As I pulled in I saw three officers at the door huddled inside. One of them looked like he was shot up pretty bad, blood all over him and blood all over the floor," said Puckett.

One of the officers, Brian Melvin, was shot in the arm.

He took cover behind their van.

The other three were still inside the home.

"They took on fire from the subject. To my knowledge they received minor injuries. It's not been determined if those are from gunfire or from glass and debris," said Trooper Sims.

Kentucky State Police troopers were able to arrest Rocky Wicker, Sr.

All four probation parole officers were taken to the hospital but are expected to recover.

Police say Rocky Wicker, Sr. has been charged with four counts of attempted murder of a police officer and four counts of wanton endangerment.

Rocky Wicker, Jr. has not been arrested but has warrants for his arrest.

Anyone with information should contact Kentucky State Police.



The Kentucky Corrections Department says a probation and parole officer has been wounded in eastern Kentucky where he was trying to arrest a man accused of not complying with the terms of his probation.

The agency says Brian Melvin and three other probation and parole officers were in the community of Mousie in Knott County on Monday afternoon to try to serve a 2010 warrant on 28-year-old Rocky Wicker Jr.

The agency said Wicker's father, Rocky Wicker Sr., allegedly opened fire on Melvin, hitting him in the arm. Corrections Department spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said Melvin was undergoing surgery at Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center.

Lamb said another officer has cuts on his arms from being hit by broken glass when the officers' vehicle was fired on.

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