Updated 2 months ago
A probation and parole officer was recovering Monday night after he was shot while serving a warrant in Knott County. Now the man who Kentucky State Troopers said was behind the gunfire and a brief standoff is in jail, but his son in on the run.
At around 1:30 p.m. Brian Melvin, a four-year veteran of the Kentucky Department of Corrections, went to a home on Highway 550 East in the Mousie community of Knott County in an attempt to serve a warrant on Rocky Wicker Jr.
Wicker's father, Rocky Sr., allegedly opened fire on Melvin, shooting him in the arm.
A school near the shooting had to go on lockdown during the crime. Now people who saw the gunfire, and know both Rocky Wicker Jr. and Sr. said they are stunned after what happened.
"I heard just bam bam bam like a lot of shots and my wife said someone is shooting," said Gary Martin who lives next door to the home where the violence happened. The frightening firing was the last thing he and his wife expected in their quiet town on a Monday afternoon.
"It was scary, it was scary, it was real scary," explained Martin. When LEX 18 News asked if he knew Rocky Wicker Sr. he said,"Oh yes he's my neighbor here real good neighbor. I never would have dreamed of anything like this."
Troopers said it all started when four parole officers went to the house to pick up Rocky Wicker Jr. and were met by his father with a gun. "One of the probation and parole officers exited the vehicle and went to attempt to contact this subject at which time he brandished a firearm," said KSP Trooper Jody Sims.
Law enforcement said Rocky Wicker Sr. started shooting at the officer and the others in the van. "You know the officer he fired back and it was like a shoot out," said Martin. He added, "One officer came down here in my driveway in which he was bloody, his arm was bleeding and he had been shot." Luckily that officer, Brian Melvin, will be alright and does not have life threatening injuries.
After being shot Melvin asked Martin's wife to call 911, then he and the other parole and probation officers took cover until back up arrived.
Martin said Troopers then arrived with and demanded Wicker Sr. to surrender. "It shocked me because when I saw them putting him in the back of the cruiser I said lord that's Rocky," said Martin.
He believes if Wicker did what he is accused of, their would only be one reason behind the crime. "Anybody will protect their child even when they do wrong," said Martin.
martin says he hopes the violence is over, and rocky junior does the right thing.
Troopers consider Rocky Wicker Jr. to possibly be armed and dangerous. They ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call police immediately.
Rocky Sr. was charged with four counts of attempted murder of a police officer and four counts of wanton endangerment 1st degree. As of Monday night he was being housed in the Kentucky River Regional Jail.