Ky. constable charged in shooting of FBI agent

March 15, 2020 GMT

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky constable involved in a shooting with FBI agents has been charged with aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.

Agents were going to arrest Gary Baldock and another Pulaski County constable earlier this month when Baldock, 56, opened fire. Federal agents were seeking to arrest the two men March 6 on federal warrants for conspiracy to violate criminal rights.

One agent was injured during the shooting. Baldock was also hit when agents returned fire.

WLEX-TV reports special agent David Lowry wrote in a criminal complaint that agents showed up wearing clothing identifying themselves as law enforcement and had the emergency lights on their vehicles activated. While Wallace surrendered, Lowry says Baldock opened fire on the agents.

Baldock is also facing a charge of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

A federal indictment brought against the men said they conspired to “injure, oppress, threaten and intimidate” people in Pulaski County and deprived them of their constitutional right “to be free from unreasonable search and seizures.”