Laurel County man allegedly shoots at ex-wife, then barricades himself in house

Willard Hampton
Willard Hampton Laurel County Sheriff’s Office

A man accused of shooting at his ex-wife and barricading himself inside his house was arrested Sunday afternoon in Laurel County.

Willard Hampton, 56, of London is charged with first degree wanton endangerment, fourth degree assault, third degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest, second degree disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to Hampton’s home on John Parker Road in London after his ex-wife reported he’d shot at her with a Smith & Wesson 38, according to the sheriff’s office. Hampton’s ex-wife lives in the home with him.

When deputies arrived, they found Hampton’s ex-wife at a neighbors house. She said Hampton set her belongings outside the house and told her to leave before shooting at her, according to the sheriff’s office. She also said Hampton had a 12 pack of beer and a fifth of whiskey earlier in the day.

Hampton then barricaded himself inside his house by locking and hammering drywall screws into all of the doors, according to the sheriff’s office.

After attempting to contact Hampton, the sheriff’s office special response unit threw a smoke canister through one of the windows in the house, according to the sheriff’s office. Hampton still would not come out of the house, so deputies threw in another canister.

The second canister brought Hampton to the window, and after a brief struggle deputies arrested him according to the sheriff’s office. He is being held in the Laurel County Detention Center.