A Sonora man was arrested Saturday night after allegedly firing shots in the parking lot of McDonald’s in Glendale. According to a citation from Kentucky State Police, Russell Ashley, 41, allegedly fired shots in the direction of three individuals who were sitting in a parked vehicle outside of the building.
Upon responding to a complaint of shots fired, police were given a description of the shooter by the three victims. Police were told the shooter got in his vehicle, backed out, pulled forward, backed the vehicle past them and displayed a gun. The three victims told police they then ducked and heard two gun shots. The shooter then drove away from the scene, according to the citation.
Bullet holes were discovered in the vehicle’s front passenger door and mirror after the incident, the citation states.
Police identified Ashley upon reviewing surveillance footage and went to pick him up from his residence to bring him back to the scene. Upon returning, police located two shell casings in the parking lot and the three victims claimed they were certain Ashley was the shooter.
Upon being placed under arrest, Ashley allegedly refused to get back in the police cruiser and officers had to force him into the vehicle. Police allowed him to smoke a cigarette outside of the cruiser when they initially arrived at the scene, according to the citation.
During an interview with police, Ashley claimed the three victims were making fun of him as he was walking toward his vehicle, the citation states. He reportedly told police he pulled his pistol out of his glove box, brandished it and proceeded to fire shots toward the ground.
Ashley is being charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, one count of resisting arrest and one count of obstruction/interference of an officer. First-degree wanton endangerment is a Class D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.
Ashley currently is lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear before Hardin District Court this morning.