TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

February 4, 2013

Londoner jailed for shooting his girlfriend’s ankle


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

A London man remains jailed under a $25,000 bond after he allegedly shot his girlfriend early Sunday.

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a residence on Locust Grove Road just before 3 a.m. Sunday.

Deputies Shawn Boroviak and Brett Reeves responded to the home to investigate a report that a woman had been shot. The deputies found the victim a few houses away, bleeding from a gunshot wound.

Sheriff John Root said deputies discovered Richard Lawson, 36, passed out in a back bedroom of the Locust Grove Road residence, holding the rifle he allegedly used to shoot his girlfriend.

Deputies were told Lawson was “very intoxicated” and got into an argument with his girlfriend. Root said as the woman attempted to leave the residence, Lawson retrieved a .22-caliber rifle and allegedly shot several times toward her as she fled down the hallway.

One of the bullets hit the woman’s ankle; however, she was able to escape to a neighbor’s house to call 911 dispatchers.

The couple’s 11-year-old son was in the home during the shooting.

Root said Detective Daryl Zanet continues his investigation.

Lawson now faces charges of first-degree assault through domestic violence, and first-degree wanton endangerment. He was arrested and jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Smith was transported by Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County to St. Joseph Hospital-London for treatment.  

Assisting at the scene was Kentucky State Police Sgt. Steve Walker and Trooper Les Moses.

Lawson appears in court today.