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Armed Man Arrested After Visiting University of Kentucky Hospital

Corinne Boyer
University of Kentucky

An area in and around the University of Kentucky Hospital came under lockdown for several hours earlier today. Safety measures were put in place as authorities dealt with what was deemed a threatening situation. University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe said Versailles police notified his agency of a potentially armed man visiting a relative at the hospital.

Monroe said the man, Bryan Carroll , 44, of Versailles, who had weapons and body armor on him, was taken down as he exited the hospital. The police chief was asked if he felt a potential crisis was averted. 

“I think we took an individual that could be deemed as armed and dangerous into custody very quickly, efficiently, without any harm to anyone, including himself,” Monroe said.

Monroe was also asked if attention surrounding other high-profile acts of violence heighted law enforcement preparation.

“Part of our training every day.  We’re always preparing for some type of disaster to happen, whether it’s in Colorado, Atlanta, or here. Anywhere,” Monroe said. “That’s something that officers all across the country are always preparing for.”    

Monroe said Carrol’s vehicle was found to have suspected explosive devices.  The police chief said some patients were diverted to other hospitals.  Monroe said Carrol faces numerous charges. 

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Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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