Police, firefighters respond to Marshall County overnight incident

On January 10th at approximately 9:01pm, Sergeant Eddie McGuire along with Deputies Jason Lane, Cory Curtner, Benton PD Officer Steve Robinson, and Benton PD Officer Caleb Curnet were dispatched to the 3900 block of Murray Highway. The initial report was that a man had entered a residence with a knife and handgun and had assaulted the resident.

While officers were headed to the call, further reports were that the man had gone outside and had fired several shots from a small caliber rifle. Upon arrival by Sergeant McGuire, a woman exited the residence next door and reported that the man was inside that home, which was suspect’s residence. Officers surrounded the house and attempted to contact the man without success.

This continued for some time after which Sergeant McGuire, in consultation with Sheriff Byars, requested that the Marshall County Special Response Team respond to the residence.

Members of the Hardin South Marshall Fire Department and Marshall County Rescue Squad responded to the area and shut down traffic on KY 1824 in order to safeguard the public.

The team surrounded the house and again tried for several hours to contact the suspect, without success. After several hours the team made entry into the house and discovered that the suspect was not there.

The investigation by Sergeant McGuire revealed that the suspect was identified as Estel Taylor age 50 of Hardin. The investigation revealed that Taylor had entered his father in laws residence with the weapons and an argument ensued which resulted in a physical altercation during this altercation the father in law, Gary Siress, age 67 of Hardin, received multiple lacerations from a knife. Investigators found two bullet holes where the suspects handgun was fired in the residence.

On the next date at approximately 1000 am, Taylor came to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and surrendered himself without incident.

Taylor was charged with the following:

Assault 1st Degree

Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon

The investigation is continuing and further charges are possible.

Neighbor Nicole  Silliman said the stand off happened right across the street of her home. Silliman says her family watched from their kitchen window as law enforcement tried to get an alleged gunman to come outside. Silliman said she’s surprised about her neighbors actions, because he always seemed so helpful, especially with her children.      

“I wouldn’t take him as a person to hurt anyone else,” Silliman Said. It was a scary situation for a new family on the block that was just getting to know their neighbors.

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