Sheriff: Standoff ensues after teen shot

By Kristina Belcher, Published:

It took about four and a half hours of negotiations before law enforcement officials were able to arrest Samuel Isaacs, accused of shooting a 14-year-old boy at a Franklin County trailer park Monday evening.

Sheriff Pat Melton said deputies responded to the Duckers Mobile Home Park at 658 Duckers Road around 6:30 p.m. after the 55-year-old allegedly shot the teen multiple times.

“Supposedly (Isaacs’) granddaughter was staying with him and evidently his granddaughter snuck out with this young man … I think it was the night before,” Melton said. 

“Evidently he confronted this juvenile about that … the suspect pulled a weapon, the juvenile took off running and (Isaacs) started shooting at the juvenile as he fled.”

The boy was flown from the scene to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Melton said, with multiple gunshot wounds.

“He was in surgery last night, came out of surgery and was in recovery,” Melton said.

Isaacs allegedly fled the scene after the shooting, running toward Duckers Lake Golf Course.

Melton said Lexington Police sent a helicopter to help search for Isaacs while Versailles and Frankfort Police helped set up a perimeter.

Eventually, Melton said railroad police notified dispatch that Isaacs was seen on some nearby railroad tracks.

A Franklin County  constable and Melton walked the tracks until they found Isaacs. He was allegedly still armed with a handgun and taking cover under the Chenault Road overpass.

“We tried to de-escalate the situation,” Melton said.

Melton said Isaacs “held himself hostage” as they talked to him. After about three and a half hours, Kentucky State Police’s Special Response Team took over negotiations. Isaacs allegedly surrendered without incident about an hour later.

“Probably the best thing last night was we did have time on our side,” Melton said. “Our whole goal throughout this event last night was to take him into custody unharmed.

“Through a great team of law enforcement officials, we wound up being successful with that and he finally surrendered.”

Isaacs is now in the Franklin County Regional Jail, charged with first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and resisting arrest.

“That was a good win,” Melton said, “and we think the young man is going to survive, and that’s another good win.”

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  • Bruno Uno for sheriff. Write him in!

  • "It is one thing to use constables for raids and help arrest none violent criminal and another to use any of our constables to go searching for an armed and dangerous P.O.S. We have plenty of trained law enforcement officers to do that type of dangerous work and this sheriff ought to quit using his pal in any police work. I know what the constables powers are but we do not train our constables in real police work and use them mostly for serving papers. Why are we still electing such a useless position and give that kind of power to just any o'le Richard Bob who wants to play cop but couldn't qualify or make it on any other trained force.."

    Bodeen speaks the truth about Sheriff Melton!

  • user_38485, August 19, 2014 1:35PM

    "BrunoUno is using some terrific hindsight to tell us who should or shouldn't own a gun. Do you know if you "more stringent gun control and background checks" laws would have stopped this? No. We don't know how he got the gun at this point or any of his history."

    Not really hindsight, but if we had a licensing system and background checks for gun shows, among other common sense requirements, maybe we could weed out some of these nutdogs. We could expand psychiatric background checks, I can get on board with that.  Depends, of course, on how you define mental illness.  If the desire for a gun is a sign of mental illness, we’ve made no progress.  But if you mean a history of suicidal or homicidal behavior or commitment for such, fair enough.  We should know who has guns and license them like cars.  It isn't going to stop every nut with a gun, but it may stop some of them.  And that should be worth the trouble.

  • Perhaps now that so many nuts have so many guns and there is little way to regulate those already with the public, we need to concentrate on "throwing the book" at any crime committed with a gun.

  • Do you know if you "more stringent gun control and background checks" laws would have stopped this? No. We don't know how he got the gun at this point or any of his history.

  • No.... I would like to see my grandchildren and yours be able to enjoy school and their lives without some nut with a gun threatening or killing them.

  • Typical liberal response that wants the government to control every breath you take.

  • 38485...And that's why we need more stringent gun control and background checks.

  • Of course I don't think he is a responsible gun owner, but we don't have any facts to say that he should not have owned a gun prior to yesterday. Maybe he had a prior felony conviction and shouldn't have owned a gun, maybe the gun was stolen, so he wasn't a legal gun owner, but we don't know from the facts presented.

  • People just take a look at that sorry P.O.S. that shoots at a terrified running 13 year old kid. What kind of person would do that? Responsible gun owners knows the bounderies and would even allow a threat to cross it pretty far without shooting. That P.O.S. above doesn't have a normal human brain to do what he did and out of all the time for a cop to not have an itchy finger it would be when one would be welcomed. Get this P.O.S. out of society pernamently.

    Now for my usual gripe. It is one thing to use constables for raids and help arrest none violent criminal and another to use any of our constables to go searching for an armed and dangerous P.O.S. We have plenty of trained law enforcement officers to do that type of dangerous work and this sheriff ought to quit using his pal in any police work. I know what the constables powers are but we do not train our constables in real police work and use them mostly for serving papers. Why are we still electing such a useless position and give that kind of power to just any o'le Richard Bob who wants to play cop but couldn't qualify or make it on any other trained force..

  • 38485...So does that mean you think this man was a responsible gun owner?

  • BrunoUno is using some terrific hindsight to tell us who should or shouldn't own a gun.

  • CC... I live in a rural area where neighbors and police response are not nearby. Yes, I have guns in my home for protection. We also have hunting rifles and we stock our freezer during hunting season to feed our family. Do NOT lump all gun owners in with this Jackwagon! Not one gun owner I know would shoot anyone, unless our lives or the lives of our loved ones were in grave danger. We also don't pull weapons to threaten or intimidate someone. Add to that the fact that shooting at a fleeing individual is grounds for criminal charges and it becomes clear the suspect in this case is NOT like a majority of gun owners.

  • Isaacs should not have been allowed to own a gun...he is mentally unstable and violent.  He shot a 13 year old boy fercrissakes!  What is wrong with you people?

  • CC: "... I think we, as a society, should have evolved beyond this kind of dangerous madness."

    Amen, and amen. I SO agree with this!

  • People that are known to drink alcohol or take illicit drugs should not be allowed to own cars either....come on CC!!! It's not an issue of gun ownership here. The teenager may very well be dead if the man used a knife or got the teen in a choke hold.

  • Feel free to not own a gun to protect your family and property, but I certainly felt better owning a gun with the helicopter overhead looking for this man. I also imagine many living in the rural areas would be happy to throw rocks at coyotes and other predators.

  • There are people who just should not own guns - this is one of them.  We don't live back in the pioneer days when you needed a gun to protect your family and property, and by which to hunt for food.

    This is trailer park shot gun justice - and I think we, as a society, should have evolved beyond this kind of dangerous madness.