Police close Versailles road for hours during standoff at empty house

jkegley@herald-leader.comMay 9, 2013 

A police standoff that shut down a road in Versailles for more than three hours Thursday afternoon ended when police realized no one was home.

About 100 people who live on Quail Run Road in the Stonegate neighborhood waited outside a police cordon while a SWAT team tried to make contact with William Lloyd. Police asked neighbors who were at home when the standoff began to lock their doors and stay inside.

Lt. Daniel Clark, a spokesman for the Versailles police department, said police wanted to check on Lloyd's well-being after he threatened to harm himself and any police officers who tried to contact him.

The standoff ended about 6 p.m.

The incident began when staff at Bluegrass Community Hospital called police and said Lloyd had threatened to hurt himself. Police did not say why Lloyd was at the hospital.

When police got to the hospital, Lloyd was gone. An officer then called his cellphone number to check on him.

Lloyd told police that "if we attempted to make any more contact with him, talk to him, or make any attempt to come to his residence, he was going to harm the officers," Clark said. "At that point in time we began setting up a perimeter around the house."

Meanwhile, Quail Run Road residents who were coming home from work and school parked alongside nearby Big Sink Road and chatted, kicked soccer balls and browsed the Internet on smartphones while police went about their business.

Schools canceled bus services to the neighborhood. Parents were called to pick up students from Woodford County High School, sophomore Savannah Eden said.

Few people seemed upset by the delay.

"At least it's nice weather," said Elizabeth Gibson, 45, a teacher who spent the time grading papers in her car.

Rumors swirled that Lloyd had been seen at his house with a gun, but Clark said he didn't know whether Lloyd went home after leaving the hospital.

"We have not had any type of face-to-face contact with him," Clark said.

Kentucky State Police, who were assisting, used a remote-controlled robot to search the house. When they found no one was there, they reopened the neighborhood. Clark said Lloyd is not facing charges.

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

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