Leslie Co. man shot by trooper had pointed gun, police say

Clayton Nantz
Clayton Nantz

A Kentucky State Police officer responding to a Leslie County home to break up a fight shot and injured a man after he pointed a gun at the trooper, police said in a press release.

About 9:30 p.m. Thursday, a caller told police Clayton Nantz, 57, and his son, Monroe Nantz, had guns and were arguing in the front yard of a home in the Chappell community.

As troopers Earl Whitaker and Ira Napier arrived, along with Leslie sheriff's deputies, Clayton Nantz approached. Nantz pointed a cocked .38-caliber revolver at both troopers, according to a police citation. A trooper shot him.

Nantz was treated and discharged from Mary Breckinridge Hospital in Hyden and is in the Leslie County Detention Center, charged with assault.

Napier and Whitaker are on administrative leave as a standard investigation of the shooting continues. Police would not say which trooper shot Nantz while the investigation is ongoing.