Madison County

Richmond man charged with attempted murder after shots fired

Stewart Ballew
Stewart Ballew

A Richmond man faces a charge of attempted murder and other felony counts after firing several shots at another man, Richmond police said Thursday.

Stewart Ballew, 21, was also charged Wednesday with four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, police said in a release.

The charges stem from a Wednesday incident at the Redi Mart on Irvine Road, in which a man told police that he was standing outside his vehicle in the parking lot when a vehicle drove by and a passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Ballew, fired several shots at him.

One bullet struck the windshield and caused a minor injury to the man because of flying glass, the release said.

It was later estimated that four rounds were fired and that two struck the victim's vehicle, police said. There were several other people in the parking lot at the time of the shooting, which was reported at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Kentucky State Police located the suspect vehicle in Estill County, where Ballew was detained and later returned to Richmond. A firearm believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered, police said.

Several outstanding warrants were served on Ballew in connection with previous offenses involving a weapon.

On July 10, 2012, police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1100 block of East Main Street in Richmond. Upon arrival, officers met with two men who reported that a man, later identified as Ballew, had approached them, brandished a handgun, and threatened them.

One man ran upon seeing the gun, and Ballew pointed the weapon at the second man before firing one shot into the air. Ballew left the scene in a vehicle driven by a relative, police said.

On July 24, 2013, a warrant was issued for Ballew's arrest, charging him with first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

On Aug. 2, 2013, a Richmond police bike patrol saw Ballew sitting on the front porch of his home in the 1100 block of East Main Street. Aware of the outstanding warrant, officers approached the home to apprehend Ballew, but he fled upon seeing the officers and escaped.

On Aug. 7, 2013, a warrant was issued to charge Ballew with second-degree fleeing or evading police.

Meanwhile, on Aug. 4, 2013, a Richmond patrol officer investigating a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block of North Second Street encountered an occupied vehicle parked in the driveway. A passenger, later identified as Ballew, identified himself by giving the name of a relative. As the officer attempted to get further information from another officer to determine the passenger's identity, Ballew fled on foot and escaped after a foot chase.

Another warrant was issued for Ballew's arrest on another charge of second-degree fleeing or evading police.

All the warrants were served on Ballew in addition to a bench warrant from Garrard County for contempt of court. He was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.