Man arrested who KSP believe posted Facebook photos of man holding gun behind trooper

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LAUREL CO., Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Kentucky State Police arrested a man after a two-week long investigation.

Courtesy: WKYT

On Friday around 4:30 PM officials arrested 28-year-old Kyle D. Childress of Barbourville.

Officials say Childress was the source of the two photographs that surfaced on a fake Facebook account.

Childress was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct 2nd-degree.

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Our sister station WKYT reports Kentucky State Police and the Laurel County Sheriff's Office are on high alert after concerning pictures circulated on social media last week.

In the Facebook photos, a man appeared to taunt officers with a handgun.

"We're just trying to find out what his intent is, whether it's a joke or what, we're taking it very serious," Kentucky State Trooper Lloyd Cochran said.

Police say the first picture appeared on a fake Facebook account. They need the public's help to find the person who posted the pictures.

The first picture shows someone with a gun behind a state trooper. The second shows a person holding a gun outside the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

Police think the photos were taken by the same person, who drives a 2007-2012 Nissan Altima.

"We've had police officers ambushed throughout the country," said Cochran. "We've had police officers ambushed here in Kentucky, so we don't take it lightly."

Digital expects in Frankfort are trying to track the person down through the fake Facebook account.

Officials urge the person responsible to just come forward.

"Whether it was a joke, he was just kidding around, you need to come and explain yourself to us. Let us interview you, so we can find out what his intent was. That's our main goal right now is to find out what his intent was."




 
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