It started out as a day like any other...and then the crazy Kentucky redneck put down his banjo and his copy of "Better Trailers and Gardens" and tried to kill several law enforcement officers with a 30,000 lb front end loader.
A Bracken County man was killed after officers said he charged them in a construction vehicle.
The Kentucky State Police said troopers and Bracken County sheriff's deputies were called to a home on the AA Highway near Eden Ridge Road shortly after 9 p.m. after neighbors heard a woman screaming.
When officers arrived, the woman escaped from the home after a brief standoff, and a trooper fired at Robert Bradford as Bradford ran to a barn carrying a gun.
Then, troopers said, Bradford, 50, suddenly came out of the barn holding a gun and driving a 30,000-pound front loader toward them.
Sgt. Brian Bowling said Bradford first struck an unmarked state police cruiser and shoved it over an embankment.
Bowling said that when Bradford backed up and turned the front loader toward troopers and deputies, they opened fire.
Bradford was hit at least once and was pronounced dead a short time later at Meadowview Regional Hospital.
The front loader was brought to the KSP post in Dry Ridge early Monday. Most of the glass on the sides of the cab was shot out, and more than a dozen bullet holes could be counted in the front windshield.
Both right side tires were also flattened by bullets.
The Kentucky State Police could not immediately say if a trooper or deputy shot Bradford.
OK, so it didn't end well for Bradford. His choice. But the important thing is that all of the good guys went home safely to their families, with the possible exception of the poor guy whose cruiser got crushed...he's probably still writing that report.
Bottom line here: a deadly-force threat can come in many forms. It's not just the normal "bad guy with a gun/knife". Vehicles count as deadly force too, especially big car-crushing ones. The police are being criticized right now on the local "comment" pages for being "trigger happy", but most of those comments come from people who have never worn a badge or faced a deadly threat. stupid comments like "they could have shot the tires out" or "all they needed to do was shoot the engine" make about as much sense as the Monday-morning quarterbacks who say that police should just shoot the gun out of a bad guy's hand. (And of course it's always a bad guy who "was just getting his life turned around"...)
Of course, being Kentucky, the people writing to condemn the police officers for doing what Bradford forced them to do are probably related to Bradford...and each other. Like I said--it's Kentucky.
Anyway, the scumbag is taking a dirt-nap and the good guys all survived. I'm satisfied. It's a damn shame that Bradford made the choices he did, but they were his choices, and he paid the consequences. The only tragedy here is that now these officers have to live with the trauma of this incident. But again, that's all on Bradford. Screw him and his inbred hick supporters.