Lexington police: Man tried to shoot officer

jkegley@herald-leader.comJanuary 22, 2013 

A man who reportedly threatened to shoot his father Tuesday morning fired a shotgun toward a Lexington police officer responding to the domestic violence call, police said.

Officer Timothy Ball was not hit.

Phillip Preston Resmondo, 24, faces several charges, including attempted murder. He fired at least one shot in Ball's direction before he was subdued, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

The shooting happened about 11 a.m. at a house on Woodside Circle, a cul-de-sac off Malabu Drive. Someone inside the house called police and reported that Resmondo had threatened to shoot people who lived there, including his father, Roberts said.

Ball was the first officer to arrive. He saw Resmondo outside, carrying the loaded gun, police said in a news release.

"When the suspect saw the officer, he fired the gun in the direction of the officer," the news release said.

Ball radioed in the shooting, and dispatchers sent out a signal 7 — a tone meaning an officer was in danger. Several nearby officers rushed to the address.

Resmondo's father helped the officers subdue his son, Roberts said. At least one officer used a Taser stun gun on him, she said. Resmondo was booked in the Fayette County Detention Center. He also faces charges of resisting arrest, two counts of wanton endangerment and two counts of third-degree assault.

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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