Four attempted murder charges were filed Tuesday against a man accused of firing shots at a helicopter and police.
After he was found Tuesday, Thomas Field VanMeter, 39, was taken hours later to the Bourbon County jail. The attempted murder charges include two counts of attempted murder of a police officer.
VanMeter is accused of firing at Kentucky Utilities helicopter checking power transmission lines Monday and deputies who pursued him.
VanMeter asked officers to let him make a statement to the media as he was being taken from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office to the jail. Police instead put him in a vehicle for the drive.
The investigation has reportedly been taken over by the Scott County sheriff’s office since Harrison deputies were also fired on.
The helicopter carrying a utility employee and a contracted pilot was struck multiple times, said Chris Whelan, vice president of communications for Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities. Both escaped unharmed after the helicopter landed safely.
During the search for VanMeter, residents were urged to keep their homes locked and Harrison County schools closed. The sheriff’s office described VanMeter as “armed and dangerous.”
VanMeter is the son of noted consignor and former veterinarian Tom VanMeter.
“I really can’t talk about it,” the elder VanMeter said. “We’re just grateful that he has been safely taken in to custody and that no one was hurt.”
Associated Press contributed to this story.