The Richmond Register

July 15, 2013

KSP: Neighbor shot at deputy, threatened to burn his house down

More details disclosed in arrest report

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

BEREA — A man charged last week with firing a gun at an off-duty Madison County sheriff’s deputy also threatened to burn down the officer’s house, according to a Kentucky State Police arrest report.

Teddy Wagers, 64, of Country Estate Drive in Berea was charged July 7 with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of menacing, third-degree terroristic threatening, resisting arrest and second-degree disorderly conduct.

Wagers pleaded not guilty to the charges July 8 in Madison District Court.

Trooper Phillip Powell wrote that he, another KSP trooper and another Madison County sheriff’s deputy responded to a call at 8:37 p.m. that Deputy Stacy Cummins had been shot at by a neighbor.

Cummins was off-duty at the time.

When the officers arrived at his Country Estates Drive home, Wagers “was found to be sitting in a lawn chair pointing a gun at Deputy Cummins’ house,” the report stated.

Powell said he got out of his cruiser, took cover and gave Wagers loud, verbal commands to drop his weapon.

“(Wagers) then turned his weapon towards me and began to raise it,” Powell wrote in the citation.

Powell reported that he again told Wagers to lower his gun, and after a few minutes, Wagers dropped the weapon.

Powell told Wagers to walk toward the KSP troopers, but he then “became very verbally combative, shouting numerous obscenities at the (police),” according to the report.

Wagers resisted arrest and had to be forced into restraints, Powell wrote in his report.

After Wagers was in custody, the trooper said he discovered that Wagers also had threatened to burn Cummins’ house.

Wagers is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Madison District Court.

He remained in the Madison County Detention Center on Monday, according to the jail’s online records. Bond information was not available.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.