A Lexington man has been charged with two counts of murder in last week’s double homicide in Elizabethtown.
Taynandree Reed, 27, was arrested Thursday afternoon by Versailles police after a short foot pursuit as he exited a store in Versailles.
Reed is charged with fatally shooting Shawn Fox, 32, and Michael Buckner Thomas, 37, of Hopkinsville inside of a vehicle, and wounding a woman, on the afternoon of May 13.
Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Chris Denham said E’town police identified Reed as a suspect within 24 hours of the shooting and sent out information to various police organizations to be on the lookout for Reed. Around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a Versailles officer passed Reed in a Kroger store, recognized him and Reed fled on foot before he was caught by police.
Denham said Reed lived in various areas recently, including Lexington, Versailles and northern Kentucky.
Denham said Reed became a suspect early through “investigative work.”
What brought Reed, Fox, Thomas and the adult female, who is not from Hardin County, to the area remains under investigation, Denham said.
The shooting happened at the Ashley Pointe Apartments in the 600 block of Stewart Court with the vehicle, driven by the female, coming to a stop in the driveway of a home in the 100 block of Patterson Street. Fox and Thomas were pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner’s Office.
The woman was taken to University Hospital in Louisville and has since been released. She was in critical condition when she was taken to the hospital, police said.
Reed also is charged with first-degree assault and first-degree robbery. He took the woman’s purse from the vehicle, police said.
Denham said the combined work of EPD detectives, police departments in Versailles and Lexington, and the U.S. Marshals Office, led to Reed’s arrest.
“This sends a strong message that if you come into Elizabethtown and Hardin County and commit a crime, you will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Denham said.
A resident of Patterson Street the day of the shooting said around 4:30 p.m. that day they heard a loud car horn that eventually faded when the car pulled into a Patterson Street driveway.
Police say the woman pulled into the driveway to seek help.
Reed will be lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.