Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a East Hal Rogers Parkway residence Tuesday night to investigate a complaint involving a subject allegedly attempting to steal a vehicle from private property.
Officials learned that the suspect, later identified as Jeffery S. Dixon, had fled the scene on foot and headed across East Hal Rogers Parkway onto a side road.
When police arrived in the vicinity, they located Dixon on a connector side road. When Dixon was confronted by a deputy from a distance, he allegedly became extremely agitated and repeatedly told the officer to shoot him.
According to police, the suspect continued to exhibit belligerent behavior, and ignored officers’ commands to remove his hands from his coat. Officials were eventually able to detain Dixon.
An investigation was then conducted where it was discovered that the suspect had attempted to steal a pickup truck from a private driveway. Dixon had reportedly tore pieces of the steering column and had attempted to “hotwire” the vehicle. According to the citation, the truck was not in working condition.
The homeowner heard Dixon outside and confronted him, before he fled the scene. Police also determined that the suspect was under the influence.
Dixon was charged with Attempted Theft of Auto ($500 or more but under $10,000), 2nd Degree Criminal Trespassing, Menacing, Resisting Arrest, and Public Intoxication – Controlled Substances.