KSP trooper shoots man armed with knife

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Police: Scheppa threw weapon at Post 4 officer

By Jeff D'Alessio

An Elizabethtown man was listed in stable condition late Monday afternoon at University Hospital in Louisville after he was shot in the groin Sunday night by a Kentucky State Police Post 4 trooper.

Gerald R. Scheppa, 53, of the 2000 block of Hodgenville Road, was shot by authorities after he threw a large knife at KSP Trooper Charlie Miller.

A call to KSP was received at 11:38 p.m. in regard to a welfare check requested by family members Sunday night, according to a KSP news release. Family members said Scheppa made suicidal references.

When troopers arrived, a man carrying a large knife ran into a wooded area that bordered the residence. Scheppa was found there by KSP troopers, according to the release.

After failing to comply with Miller’s commands, Scheppa became belligerent, threatening and brandished the knife, according to the release. Police said the suspect then stepped and threw the knife at Miller, who fired one shot from his service weapon, striking Scheppa.

Scheppa then was taken into custody and transported by ambulance to Hardin Memorial Hospital where he later was taken to University Hospital for surgery.

Scheppa was charged with third-degree assault on a police officer. KSP Post 4 was assisted on the scene by Hardin County EMS.

An investigation is ongoing.