Alleged active shooter taken into custody: Lawson charged with attempted murder

Published 1:39 pm Monday, June 24, 2019

A Bell County man remains in jail with a cash bond over $500,000 after allegedly opening fire at a house and police officers.

Charles Lawson, 53, of Pineville, was charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, attempted murder of a police officer, first-degree assault of a police officer, and other failure to appear warrants.

Bell County Deputies James Taulbee and Justin Patterson were dispatched to a home on Flora Holland Drive on reports of shots fired.

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According to the report, once on scene gunshots were fired from across the road at 27 Billy Goat Hill Road and troopers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was later identified as Lawson.

Kentucky State Police assisted on the scene along with several other departments that included the Pineville Police Department, Middlesboro Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, and the KSP Special Response Team.

By Lawson discharging a gun and hitting the roof of the victim’s home and striking furniture through a bedroom door, officials were able to retrieve the round to be used as evidence.

Lawson was apprehended and then taken to the Bell County Detention Center.

The Kentucky State Police is investigating the standoff with police as a separate investigation.