Crime

A man angry about road work in front of his home yelled at workers, fired a gun.

Jeff Mayne
Jeff Mayne

A Berea man who allegedly fired at least one shot after berating some state road workers was arrested and charged Friday in Madison County, a deputy sheriff said.

No one was injured but Jeff Mayne, 56, was charged with six counts first-degree wanton endangerment, said Deputy Michael Stotts, spokesman for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy sheriffs responded to a “shots fired” report in the 1300 block of Old U.S. 25.

“The guy came out outside (of his home), mad because of what he said the road department was doing to his family’s land” on Old U.S. 25, Stotts said. “He was yelling and cussing at them. He went back inside, pulled out a weapon, shot it a couple of times.”

A police report said one shot was fired toward a loader machine, and that Mayne turned to point the weapon at the workers. The incident happened shortly before 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The report said Mayne’s actions “placed the workers in fear of their lives and were very dangerous.”

Mayne was also charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, second-degree disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Stotts said. The gun, a Walther PPQ .22-caliber, was seized and logged into evidence, the police report said.

The state workers were repairing the embankment and shoulder where heavy rains had caused a portion of the road to erode, said Natasha Lacy, a spokeswoman for the District 7 Department of Highways office in Lexington. Madison County is part of the District 7 territory.

First-degree wanton endangerment is a felony punishable by one to five years in prison.

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