Police arrest Madisonville man after 7 hour standoff

Authorities say an attempt to serve warrants and indictments from Hopkins and Webster Counties on a Madisonville man Tuesday night led to a standoff after the man barricaded himself in a garage for over seven hours.

Madisonville Police officers were attempting to serve the warrants and indictments on Kenneth Ray Lantrip at a home in the 51-hundred block of Rosemont Drive around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival, police say they made contact with Lantrip as he was entering an unattached garage, and when they tried to arrest him he advised officers he was armed with a gun and barricaded himself inside the garage. Police indicate the Emergency Response Team was called to the scene and after 7 ½ hours of intense negotiations, Lantrip surrendered to police without incident.

According to police, an investigation following Lantrip’s arrest showed that he was so heavily barricaded in the garage that he was unable to exit the building through either of the doors, and he had to dig his way to a garage window and request assistance from the Emergency Response Team to be removed from the window. Police say a sweep of the garage produced miscellaneous ammunition but no firearm.

Lantrip was treated by medical personnel at the scene and then transported to the emergency room at Baptist Health where police say he was held for further evaluation. Upon his release from the hospital, he will be lodged in the Hopkins County Detention Center for the Webster County Warrant for charges of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Lantrip faces the charges on Hopkins County Warrant for failure to appear at an arraignment for theft by unlawful taking $500 or more, four counts of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance and being a persistent felony offender.



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