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Man arrested for firing shots at East Lynn home

Mar. 21, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

The following information was provided by reports filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office:

WANTON ENDANGERMENT: Henry Lee Clay, 66, of East Lynn, was charged with four felony counts of wanton endangerment on March 15.

Deputies were dispatched to a residence along Donahoe Branch Road in East Lynn at 10:29 p.m. on March 15 for a report of a person shooting at a residence.

While en route, Wayne County 911 dispatchers informed deputies that the suspect had been identified by the caller and was attempting to get inside the residence.

When deputies arrived, they found the suspect in a residence across the street from the house at which the shots were fired. Deputies received permission to search the residence, where they found two guns that had a combined total of nine empty rounds inside them. One of the guns had one live round jammed in the chamber, a deputy said.

The guns were secured by deputies, and the suspect was placed in a police cruiser.

The man living at the residence at which the shots were fired told deputies he and two people were in the residence watching television when they heard what they thought was a gunshot. The man told the deputy he went to the front door to see what was outside, and he saw a man standing by his fence. He said he saw a muzzle flash and heard what he thought was a bullet striking his residence very near where he was standing, the deputy reported.

The man took the two other people to a bedroom in the back of the residence, and he shut and locked his front door, the deputy said in the report. The deputy said the man told him he armed himself with a knife while he called authorities, just in case the suspect came inside.

The man said nothing had happened prior in the evening that he believed would have led to the incident, the deputy said in the complaint.

While attempting to obtain gunshot residue from the suspect, the deputy said he became combative, and deputies used a taser to gain compliance from the suspect after he refused their commands to stop being combative.

The suspect's hands were handcuffed in front of him in the back of a deputy's cruiser when he began using his elbow to attempt to break the glass window out of a door. The deputies removed the man from the vehicle, and they were attempting to place his hands behind his back as he struck one of the deputies twice in the head.

A deputy deployed his taser at the suspect, who placed his hands behind his back.

Clay was incarcerated at the Western Regional Jail.

FRAUDULENT USE OF A CREDIT CARD: A Rush, Ky., man reported on March 9 that a credit card issued to his business had been used several times at a gas station in Fort Gay without his permission between Feb. 24 and March 6. The man said someone used the card to purchase $2,500 in diesel fuel.

After talking to employees at the gas station, deputies discovered "a large amount of diesel fuel" at the residence of a former employee of the man.

The deputy stated the former employee admitted to using the card to purchase the fuel after his employment was terminated. The man told the deputy he wanted to give the employee an opportunity to pay off the debt.

On March 16, the deputy said the man called him to say the former employee had repaid him the money, and he did not want to pursue criminal charges.