FULTON COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - On Monday March 25 around 10:26 a.m., a Kentucky State Police trooper conducted a traffic stop on Joshua White, 22, of Fulton, Ky. for a traffic violation.
After the trooper made his initial approach, it was discovered that White had a failure to appear bench warrant for his arrest. When the trooper went back to arrest White, he drove off. The trooper pursued him, which lasted about two and a half miles, and ended within a public housing complex, on Vernon Avenue, in Fulton.
Police say White exited his vehicle and fired a handgun at the trooper. The trooper returned fire with his service weapon, and White fled into a duplex. The vehicle that White was driving was left in gear, and after running from the vehicle, it continued traveling north on Vernon Avenue until colliding with a parked vehicle.
According to KSP, Senior Trooper Richard Wright, Jr. was the trooper who shot back.
KSP troopers, Fulton City Police officers, and Fulton County Sheriff's Deputies quickly surrounded the home and began evacuating neighbors.
According to police, inside the home were Kali Papierski, 19, and two small children, ages six months and two years. A KSP negotiator made contact with Papierski, and after nearly two and a half hours, both adults and the two children came out of the home. Police say White refused verbal commands to show his hands, and then ran back into the home. Papierski and the two children were moved to a safe area by KSP officers.
Fulton City Police notified the local school system to hold students that would have otherwise been bused to the housing unit, when the local school system dismissed students for the day. Parents were notified of the situation and alternate arrangements were made to pick up these students at school.
After another standoff that lasted nearly an hour, police say White surrendered and was taken into custody, without further incident. White was taken to the Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton, where he was treated and released, before being lodged in the Fulton County Detention Center.
At the time of this incident, Police say White was on felony probation for trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (crack cocaine), stemming from a 2010 conviction in Fulton Circuit Court, in which he received a 10-year prison sentence which was later probated in 2010.
At 9:10 p.m., KSP troopers and detectives finished executing a search warrant and collecting evidence at the scene. Residents of the housing complex were then allowed to return to their homes.
White was arrested and charged with the following: fleeing and evading police first degree (motor vehicle) (class D felony), fleeing and evading police first degree on foot (class D felony), criminal mischief first degree (class D felony), DUI second offense, aggravating circumstances (class B misdemeanor) driving DUI suspended license (class A misdemeanor), failure of owner to maintain insurance (class B misdemeanor), disregarding a stop sign, disregarding a control device (traffic light), no Kentucky registration, and served with a bench warrant for failure to appear.
Papierski was later arrested and charged with hindering apprehension second degree (class A misdemeanor) and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor (class A misdemeanors); these charges stem from the assistance she provided to White while he fled the commission of a felony offense. Both were lodged in the Fulton County Detention Center.
Additional charges including but not limited to the following: attempted murder of a police officer, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon are pending.
According to state police, Trooper Wright, a 13-year veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave pursuant to KSP policy while the investigation continues.
Kentucky State Police were assisted on the scene by the Fulton City Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff's Department, Fulton City Fire Department, and Tri-City EMS. The investigation continues by the Kentucky State Police.