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McCracken Co. man faces wanton endangerment charges

Jonathan K. Helton (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Jonathan K. Helton (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)

A McCracken County man was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with wanton endangerment after he fired a handgun into a residence.

Police were responding to a 911 call for assistance in the 3000 block of Benton Road.

At around 10:50 p.m. on Monday, Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives responded to a possible assault and criminal mischief complaint that ended in shots being fired.

Jonathan Helton, 32, says that a man, apparently intoxicated, was walking on Benton Road and began using foul language toward his 13 year old son.

The man was confronted by Helton a short time later several blocks away.

During the confrontation, the man produced a knife, so Helton punched him before driving away.

A short time later the man began knocking on the door at Helton’s home.  

He was striking the door with enough force that it finally came open. 

The man never entered the home and after a brief exchange of words he turned and walked to the driveway.

He then allegedly cut a tire on one vehicle and broke the driver side window of another.

Helton admits at that time to firing two warning shots up in the air, causing the man to leave the property.

The two warning shots fired from Helton’s 9 mm handgun then allegedly struck a home on the other side of Benton Road.

One struck the home on the west side just to the right of a single window, and lodged in the siding.

The other passed through the same window striking an interior wall. 

The resident was setting next to the window at that time, with the bullet narrowly missing her head.

Helton came to the Sheriff’s Department for an interview and was later arrested. 

He was charged with wanton endangerment 1st degree.

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