An altercation at Barren Co. Detention Center led to a shooting and administrative leave
On Saturday evening at 6:32 pm, KSP Post 3 dispatch received a call for service at the Barren Detention Center requesting an investigation of a shooting incident which had occurred inside the facility. Post 3 troopers and detectives responded along with the KSP Critical Incident Response Team.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that Matthew A. Stapleton (26) of Columbia, KY had been arrested earlier in the evening by Trooper Ricky Cross in Metcalfe County and was transported to the Barren County Detention Center. When Stapleton exited Trooper Cross’ patrol car, a physical altercation ensued between the two. Stapleton retrieved a handgun from his waistband. During the altercation, the handgun discharged, striking Stapleton. Stapleton was transported via ambulance from the detention center to TJ Sampson hospital, where he was then flown by air ambulance to the University of Louisville hospital. Stapleton is currently listed in critical condition. Trooper Cross was not injured. As in all critical incidents, Trooper Cross has been placed on administrative leave.
The ongoing investigation is being led by the KSP Critical Incident Response Team. They were assisted on scene by KSP Post 3, the Barren County Detention Center, Glasgow Police Department, and Barren/Metcalfe EMS.