Time: 9:32 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Location: Various locations in Paducah
Suspects: Garry Melton, 41, who listed addresses in Paducah and West Paducah, arrested on charges of second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), receiving stolen property (less than $10,000) and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon
Keith L. Knight, 38, of Owensboro, KY, arrested on a McCracken County warrant charging him with receiving stolen property (less than $10,000), and on charges of first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), reckless driving, resisting arrest, disregarding a stop sign, failure to/improper signal, receiving stolen property (less than $10,000) and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon
Joshua N. Delk, 36, of Owensboro, KY, arrested on warrants charging him with two counts of failure to appear, and on charges of second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot) and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon
Three men have been arrested after a brief vehicle pursuit, a foot chase, an all-night search and a nearly two-hour stand-off this morning on Paducah’s west end.
Police first were called to Walgreens, 521 Lone Oak Road, after an off-duty Ballard County dispatcher recognized a man they knew had outstanding warrants for his arrest. The man, Keith L. Knight, was in a vehicle on the parking lot with two other men.
When the first officer arrived, Knight drove quickly around the building and through the rear parking lot toward Alben Barkley Drive. A second officer got the vehicle’s license plate number, and was informed by the City of Paducah Emergency Communication Services Department that the 2002 Kia had been reported stolen early Wednesday morning from the 5800 block of Carr Road in McCracken County.
Officers attempted to stop the Kia, but it continued down Alben Barkley Drive to Audubon Drive, where it turned and continued to Buckner Lane, then to Pines Road. The Kia turned into the Pines subdivision and led officers throughout the subdivision.
The Kia came to a dead-end at the end of Whitney Drive, and proceeded into the woods. It travelled more than 100 yards before it hit two trees, and all three occupants fled on foot.
Knight and a passenger, Garry Melton, were caught a short distance away, but the third man was not located.
Officers continued to search for him throughout the night. Shortly after 6 a.m. today, Officer Daniel Kimball returned to the area of Friedman Lane and Springdale Circle and was talking with a homeowner when he noticed movement in a camper in the back yard of the home.
Officers blocked off the area as Kimball began talking with the third man – Joshua N. Delk -- who was inside the camper.
“Officer Kimball’s persistence led him to search the area again,” said Capt. Anthony Copeland. “Once he was able to make contact, he was able to talk him (Delk) into coming out without further incident. He never gave up on trying to talk him into peacefully surrendering. And we now know the gun was inside the camper, that he was armed the entire time Officer Kimball was talking with him.”
Detectives found hidden inside the camper a loaded 9mm handgun Delk had carried with him since he fled from the wrecked car.
Knight, Melton and Delk were booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.