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NKY man identified as suspect in murder of former assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

NKY man identified as suspect in murder of former assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
Published: Feb. 24, 2022 at 1:54 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WXIX) - A Northern Kentucky man is suspected of murdering a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Boone and Gallatin counties during a home invasion in Richmond, Kentucky.

Shannon Gilday, 23, of Taylor Mill, has an active warrant out for his arrest for the murder of 32-year-old Jordan Morgan, Kentucky State Police announced Thursday.

Police consider Gilday armed and dangerous.

Police believe Gilday has some camping gear and equipment in the vehicle with him and are asking people in rural areas, state parks and national forests to be on the lookout.

Jordan is the daughter of former State Representative C. Wesley Morgan.

Gilday is considered armed and dangerous. Call KSP at 859-623-2404 if you have information. Gilday is described as 6′, 175 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Kentucky State Police say the shooting happened shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday at her father’s $6.5 million mansion on Willis Branch Road in Richmond.

Gilday forced his way into the home with a rifle and shot Jordan while she was in bed, KSP said. The motive is unknown, KSP said Thursday.

After shooting Jordan, Gilday confronted the homeowner, former State Rep. Morgan, which led to more gunshots being fired.

“As a result, the homeowner sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and the armed suspect left the scene in a white passenger car,” the statement from state police reads.

The car in which murder suspect Shannon Gilday is thought to have fled the scene of a shooting...
The car in which murder suspect Shannon Gilday is thought to have fled the scene of a shooting where former Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jordan Morgan died.(Kentucky State Police)

The car Gilday left in is a white 2016 Toyota Corolla that has minor damage to the front grill, according to KSP. The license plate is 379-VMJ.

State police said Thursday they think Gilday is still driving the white Toyota Corolla.

The photo above was captured by police in Blue Ash, Ohio on Feb. 16 and provided to KSP.

KSP detectives searched Gilday’s apartment on Wednesday.

One of his neighbors tells FOX19 she had a “terrifying” interaction last week when he knocked on her door asking to use her computer.

“He plugs in a flash drive, and I’m like, ‘What’s that?’ He explains they’re just some articles about what’s going on,” said the neighbor, explaining the articles regarded the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The home Gilday allegedly invaded is listed for sale through Garretts Real Estate Group.

Aside from the nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, the home’s most unique feature would be the fallout shelter.

The 2,000 square-foot shelter is built 26′ underground to “withstand a Seismic 12 earthquake” and has two escape tunnels, the website shows.

The bunker is valued at $3 million, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. The Leader’s story from Jan. 6, 2021, details the full layout of the bunker.

“I just wanted someplace safe,” Morgan was quoted in the Leader’s story from last year. “I saw the bad stuff that was going on in the world, and I think there’s a lot of bad stuff going on in the world right now. If we don’t get our act together, we’re gonna end up in a civil war.”

More information on the mansion is online at Zillow.

Jordan’s law firm released a statement on her death:

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