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.”