A West Virginia man was charged Thursday after he allegedly threatened to shoot people and directed local law enforcement in a pursuit.
In a news release, the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office said that around 2:20 a.m. Thursday, the Paducah 911 dispatch alerted deputies that Paducah police officers were responding to a report of a gunman in a bar in the Park Plaza Road area.
The suspect was later identified as Cordell Nix, 24, of West Virginia, according to the statement.
The caller reportedly said Nix threatened to shoot people at the bar, adding that they believed Nix may have left in a vehicle. A supervisor from the sheriff’s office was in the area and saw a vehicle matching the description given.
The sheriff’s office said that at a red light, the supervisor saw the vehicle coming quickly towards him. As the supervisor began to move to avoid being hit, the other vehicle swerved and drove through the red light, the statement said.
The sheriff’s office also alleges that the supervisor attempted to pull a traffic stop, but Nix failed to stop, ran away from deputies, and hit several stop signs and curbs. He also said that Nix hit a fire hydrant on Kentucky Avenue and then fled on foot, but he was arrested after a short foot chase.
Nix was determined to be the person who threatened to shoot the others at the local bar, according to the statement. The sheriff’s office said deputies and Paducah police found a loaded gun in Nix’s vehicle during a search.
The sheriff’s office said Nix was taken to a local hospital due to what was considered an “extreme level of intoxication.” While in hospital, he allegedly assaulted law enforcement officers and threatened to kill hospital staff. He was released from the hospital and incarcerated in McCracken County Jail.
Nix has been charged with 17 offenses by the sheriff’s office, and Paducah police have additional charges stemming from the original incident of threatening to shoot bar patrons, the statement said.
The sheriff’s office said it charged Nix with speeding 26 mph or more, reckless driving, first degree wanton endangerment – police officer, first degree fleeing or avoiding police (motor vehicle) , second degree fleeing or avoiding police (on foot), disobeying a stop sign, disobeying a traffic control device, first degree criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident , lack of driver’s license, owner’s failure to maintain required insurance, third degree assault — police officer, third degree terrorism threat, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession an open container of liquor in a motor vehicle and driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol — aggravated.