Sheriff’s office identifies woman killed in Boone County shooting

Woman dead, child shot in Boone County

BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - A 32-year-old woman is dead after a shooting in Boone County Friday night, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office confirms.

The sheriff’s office says a 3-year-old child was also shot. Lt. Phillip Ridgell says the child was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center by Air Care.

The 3-year-old is currently stable, according to a family member.

The shooting resulted from a domestic situation, according to the sheriff’s office.

John Gentry, 34, was arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder, assault, wanton endangerment, robbery and fleeing or evading police.

The shooting took place at The Legends at Steeplechase apartment complex near Richwood, Kentucky, according to Ridgell.

Ridgell said the victim, Tiffany Kidwell, and Gentry had previously been in a relationship but after leaving him, she began staying with family.

Police have identified the victim as 32-year-old Tiffany Kidwell
Police have identified the victim as 32-year-old Tiffany Kidwell (Source: WXIX)

“Tiffany was a very caring person and a wonderful mother. Her world revolved around her children and her family that included 8 loving brothers and sisters as well as devoted parents,” Kidwell’s brother-in-law Nate Black said.

“She was in the process of improving her situation for her children and sadly that reality was stolen from her,” said Black.

Reports of the shooting first emerged around 9 p.m. Friday.

According to Ridgell, Gentry followed Kidwell home and as she pulled into the driveway with their children in the backseat, he pulled in alongside her, walked up to the driver’s side door and shot her multiple times after a verbal exchange.

A domestic violence order against Gentry was in effect at the time of the shooting, he said.

Before deputies arrested him, they say he also shot a 30-year-old man and stole his car.

Ridgell identified the victims of the robbery as 34-year-old Haley Lane and 30-year-old Lawrence Ward.

Ward was treated for a gunshot wound and released from the hospital. Lane was not injured.

The 3-year-old was shot in the abdomen and is in stable condition, according to Ridgell.

When being interviewed at the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Gentry told detectives that he was out driving around after work and saw the victim driving home. He followed her to the residence on Winchester Drive to confront her about seeing their children.

Gentry told detectives, as the victim was attempting to dial 911, he removed a handgun from his waist and fired “until it was quiet."

As he attempted to flee the scene in the stolen vehicle, he nearly struck a responding deputy while driving at a high rate of speed.

Gentry is being held at the Boone County Detention Center.

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