Eddyville man shot in state police standoff now in stable condition, KSP investigation continues

The Kentucky State Police says its continuing its investigation into the May 9 shooting of an Eddyville man. 

The man, 51-year-old John C. Smith, was shot after he allegedly pointed a handgun and a laser device at state troopers who were at his home to conduct a search warrant. KSP says a trooper shot Smith after he refused multiple commands to drop his weapon. 

Smith, who was shot in the abdomen, was taken to Lourdes hospital in Paducah, where he underwent surgery for his injury.  In an update sent Thursday, KSP says Smith has since been transferred out of the hospital’s intensive care unit and into a regular room and is in stable condition. 

The trooper who fired at Smith — Senior Trooper Eric C. Fields, who has been with state police for seven years — is on paid administrative leave, in keeping with KSP policy. Fields has been assigned to the Mayfield Post since 2008. Before joining the Kentucky State Police, he was a police officer for Tennessee Valley Authority for about six years.

KSP Detectives recovered 30 guns from the residence, including one state police say they confirmed was stolen, and more than $14,000 in cash.  

On May 9, KSP said Smith would be charged with first degree trafficking more than two grams of methamphetamine (second offense) with a firearm enhancement, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, and possession of dug paraphernalia. KSP Detective Donald Bowman is continuing the drug investigation and plans to add other charges in the future.  

KSP investigative Lt. Trent Weaver from Post 1, Lt. Lonnie Bell from Post 16, and Lt. Brinton Ford from Post 2 are continuing their investigation into the shooting.

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