Lexington police have charged two people stemming from a brawl that involved weapons Wednesday morning at Gainesway Park near the campus of Tates Creek schools.
The altercation caused school officials to lock down the campus while police scoured the scene for suspects and interviewed witnesses. It later resulted in the arrest of two 18-year-old men, including the son of a Lexington police officer, after one person was stabbed and one person was hit with a gun. The stabbing victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries; the other victim was treated at the scene for cuts to the face, police said.
Six people were involved in the fight, but only two had been charged Wednesday night.
William Burkhart, a senior at Tates Creek High School and the son of officer Aundria Burkhart, was charged with second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for firing a gun in the air, police said. Haven Murray was charged with first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing someone with a knife. Murray is not a student, officials said.
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Lt. James Curless said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon that members of the group had an ongoing disagreement. He declined to elaborate, but said it wasn't school-related.
Everyone involved "had their own story that we'll document and present to the court, but we won't get into it in this arena," he said. Police said the matter is still under investigation.
"If more charges develop, we will place those charges," Curless said.
The fight occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning at Gainesway Park, 3460 Milano Road. Police and fire officials responded to a call about weapons near the park. When officers arrived, they found two victims and several witnesses who reported that a group of young people got into a fight. Witnesses told police the fight escalated, leading to the stabbing and shots being fired into the air.
Both Lexington police and Fayette County Public Schools Department of Law Enforcement responded.
The school was locked down for almost an hour after the incident, Fayette County School Superintendent Tom Shelton said. The fight happened near a baseball field at the park, which is right next to Tates Creek school property.
Lexington police said the handgun and the knife were recovered. Chief Ronnie Bastin said the gun was not a department-issued firearm.
Neither school officials nor police discussed specifics of the fight for several hours.
On the Fayette County Public School's Facebook page, several parents criticized the school system for how it handled the situation. The school initially told parents students were safe and the school had been on lockdown because of "an incident," but it did not elaborate.
"Unless you tell us exactly what happened, there will be a lot of talk," resident Kimberly Agvent Phillips posted.
School officials later told parents via Facebook they did not say specifically what happened "because it happened off campus and the Lexington Police Department took the lead on the investigation."
Tates Creek Elementary principal Dee Patrick sent home a letter to parents to inform them about the incident and assure them that their children "are our number one priority."
The letter clarified the school was locked down shortly after officials received word that there had been shots fired in the park behind the school's campus. Once Lexington police and Fayette County Public Schools Department of Law Enforcement determined "that there was no threat to our students, we transitioned to a modified lockdown in which our exterior doors remained locked."
"While we have no reason to believe that any of our students were in any danger, we wanted to be sure that you had the facts from this situation directly from us," Patrick wrote.
During the news conference, Lt. Brian Maynard said it took several hours before police could discuss the case because it involved several people and it took time to interview them.
"With this many different individuals and witnesses, it did take us a while to gather those witnesses and figure out exactly what was going on," he said.