McCreary man victim of apparent road-rage shooting
Incident at intersection of Ky. 914, Ky. 1247 Thursday night
By CHRIS HARRIS Commonwealth Journal
A McCreary County man was shot Thursday night following an apparent road rage incident, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
Troy A McAninch, 23, Neals Creek School Road, Stanford, Ky., was arrested and will be charged with first-degree assault for allegedly shooting Luster L Rose, 54, Vanover Ridge Road, Parkers Lake, Ky.
According to the sheriff’s department, as of midnight, Rose’s injuries were believed to have been life-threatening. A patient condition was not available after that time.
On Thursday at 7:55 p.m., the Pulaski County 911 Center received a call of a shooting that occurred at the intersection of the Ky. 914 bypass and Ky.1247 just south of Somerset. According to the sheriff’s department, Ferguson Police Officer Gary Pence was the first to arrive on the scene and found the suspect had already disarmed himself. McAninch was taken into custody immediately without further incident.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division were able to piece together the events that led to the altercation. According to the sheriff’s department, the preliminary investigation found that Rose was traveling westbound on Ky. 914 in a 2013 International semi-truck. As he approached the intersection of Jordans Way, a purple 1995 Nissan Pickup pulled out into traffic in front of him. The Nissan was driven by McAninch’s wife, Samantha McAninch.
Statements given by Samantha McAninch and Troy McAninch suggested the semi-truck driven by Rose was tailgating them and later passed them on Ky. 914. The way Rose was allegedly driving apparently infuriated Troy McAninch, who decided to confront Rose.
As the two vehicles stopped at the red light at the intersection with Ky. 1247, McAninch got out of the passenger side of his vehicle and walked to the passenger side door of the semi, according to the sheriff’s department, which said that McAninch reportedly climbed up on the passenger side of the semi and began yelling obscenities at the truck driver. Rose then allegedly responded by getting out of the semi with a wooden club to confront McAninch.
An altercation then took place in the roadway at the intersection. As the situation escalated, McAninch produced a handgun and fired four times at Rose.
Detectives recovered a Glock Model 17 9mm handgun from the scene.
Ky. 914 was blocked for around two hours while investigators worked to collect evidence and clear the roadway.
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, the Burnside Police Department and the Kentucky State Police assisted at the scene and were able to secure the area while EMS personnel treated the victim before he was flown by helicopter to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.
The investigation is ongoing by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and further details will be released as they become available.
Detectives ask that if any motorists saw this incident, or the events leading up to the shooting, they should please contact the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office at 606-678-5145.