© 2024 WEKU
Lexington's Radio News Leader
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Update: We now have $67,900 to go to meet our annual fundraising goal by June 30. You can help WEKU cross the finish line with your support! Click here to make your donation. Thank you!!

After Wayne County deputy shooting, head of Kentucky's Sheriffs' Association discusses dangers of serving papers

Wayne County Deputy Cody Neal, right, is expected to recover after being shot Monday afternoon while attempting to serve papers on a man after a domestic dispute.
Wayne County Sheriffs' Office Facebook page
Wayne County Deputy Cody Neal, right, is expected to recover after being shot Monday afternoon while attempting to serve papers on a man after a domestic dispute.

A sheriff’s deputy in Wayne County is recovering after being shot in the chest while serving papers Monday afternoon. Cody Neal was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries. Jerry Wagner is the executive director of the Kentucky Sheriffs Association and a former longtime sheriff. He said paper-serving can be the most dangerous work for sheriffs’ personnel.

“When I say papers, it could be civil processes, it could be domestic violence orders, it could be just doing a welfare check, whatever the case may be, it is it is unbelievably dangerous. And in most cases, speaking for sheriffs and sheriff's deputies, we’re alone.”

According to the Kentucky Association of Counties, since 2021, there have been at least two other incidents in which deputies were killed or injured while serving warrants.

“Because most of those papers, either people are not expecting you to be at your door, or they are expecting you and they don't like the reason you're there.”

In Floyd County in June of 2022, three officers and a K-9 were killed in a shootout after deputies tried to serve an emergency protective order and arrest a man for assault.

** WEKU is working hard to be a leading source for public service, and fact-based journalism. Monthly supporters are the top funding source for this growing nonprofit news organization. Please join others in your community who support WEKU by making your donation.

John McGary is a Lexington native and Navy veteran with three decades of radio, television and newspaper experience.
WEKU depends on support from those who view and listen to our content. There's no paywall here. Please support WEKU with your donation.
Related Content