Man involved in police-related shooting lodged at jail

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By Sarah Bennett

An Elizabethtown man shot by a state trooper after allegedly throwing a knife is now lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center following his release from a Louisville hospital.

Gerald R. Scheppa, 53, faces a charge of third-degree assault. He is scheduled for video arraignment today in Hardin District Court.

According to a citation, troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 4 responded Sunday night to Scheppa’s Hodgenville Road residence on a welfare check. Police said family members reported Scheppa made suicidal remarks.

Upon arrival, troopers allegedly found Scheppa with a large knife in his hand in the woods behind the residence, according to the citation. Police said he failed to show his hands and drop the knife despite officers commands.

After allegedly growing belligerent and making threats against the officers, police said Scheppa threw the knife at Trooper Charlie Miller, who fired a shot at the suspect. The bullet ultimately struck Scheppa in the groin.

Scheppa was lodged at 2:27 p.m. Tuesday at the detention center after being released from University Hospital in Louisville. He is being held on a $5,000 cash bond.