5-hour standoff leaves Kentucky community on edge: ‘It was total chaos’

NKY community on edge after 5-hour standoff

LEWIS COUNTY, Kentucky (FOX19) - A man has been charged following a 5-hour standoff in Lewis County Friday night where he was accused of shooting at officers and poured gasoline on himself before he surrendered.

Adrian Hord, 41, of Tollesboro, is charged with attempted murder of a police officer and wanton endangerment of a police officer, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Patricia Morgan lives around the corner from where the standoff happened. She says she counted “thirty-some-odd” trooper cars at the scene.

“It was total chaos, and everybody was scared to death,” Morgan said.

Deputies responded to the scene shortly after 5 p.m. to find Hord barricaded in a detached garage.

Authorities say they learned during the standoff that Hord had assaulted three adults and two children, resulting in extensive injuries.

At one point, Hord fired shots in the direction of officers, according to the sheriff’s office, and two officers fired back. No injuries resulted.

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The scene was especially concerning for Morgan because she lives with and cares for her elderly mother.

“I was in such a panic because, you know, she’s elderly, she’s sick, and I couldn’t get back to her,” Morgan explained.

After two-and-a-half hours of trying to get home, Morgan says she was finally able to get close enough to ask a trooper if she could get inside.

“He said, ‘Run as fast as you can, get in that house. Do not get near doors or windows,'" Morgan recalled.

Around 10:10 p.m., some five hours into the standoff, authorities say Hord poured gasoline on himself. A half-an-hour later, officers were able to enter the garage and take him into custody.

Morgan says she’s known Hord for a long time and was surprised he’s accused of doing what he did.

“I didn’t think he’d ever go this far,” she said, “or this crazy.”

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