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Police: Man Disarmed As He Attempted Mass Shooting At Springfield Factory

Posted at 1:55 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 17:26:36-05

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Police disarmed and arrested a Lebanon man Monday who they say was attempting to stage a mass shooting at a factory in Springfield.

LB Manufacturing


Matthew Smith

Officials arrested 37-year-old Matthew Smith, who they said pointed a gun at an officer who confronted him in the parking lot of LB Manufacturing on Industry Drive.

Police were able to disarm Smith, who they said had an AR-15 that had been modified to make it fully automatic. He also had handguns and rifles in his truck, authorities said.

Smith is charged with attempted murder, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, resisting arrest and third-degree criminal trespassing.

Smith was being held in the Marion County Detention Center. He was expected to be arraigned later.

Matthew Smith was caught with these weapons, authorities said. (Photo courtesy of the Springfield Police Department)