Sheriff says standoff suspect is considered armed and dangerous
McCracken County detectives need your help finding the suspect involved in a weekend standoff. They say Jeffrey Collier fired a gun at a woman and two children while looking for his estranged girlfriend.
It happened Saturday on Highland Church Road in McCracken County. No one was hurt.
Detectives say he then went to his home on North 10th Street, barricading himself inside for hours. By the time they got a search warrant on Sunday, he was gone. Police tell us he escaped through a crawlspace sometime during the stand-off.
The neighborhood in Lone Oak seemed quiet today, but that wasn’t the case on Saturday when the shots rang out on.
"I just hear pop pop pop," said one neighbor.
Those shots he heard came from a gun fired by Jeffrey Collier at a home across the street from his apartment.
Another neighbor, Cody Crenshaw, says it’s concerning that something like this could happen in the area.
"I’ve seen at least a good 20 to 30 kids that live within a couple blocks radius. That was my concern was the kids," Crenshaw said.
Collier is still on the run, and Detective Sarah Martin says he is dangerous.
"We’re not sure how dangerous," Martin said.
Police say he was last seen at his home. During the standoff, they say he came out numerous times armed with a gun. When they finally got inside, he was gone.
"It’s definitely scary," Martin said.
This isn’t the last Collier was heard from. Martin say posts taunting police have been made on a Facebook account under his name.
"If he’s going to shoot at small children, then he may try to shoot at one of us," Martin said.
She says law enforcement is on the lookout.
"It’s just constant stress always being on the lookout. Every day at work, and even at home, at Wal-Mart, when you have your kids in tow," Martin said.
She says finding him is a top priority.
Detectives say Collier is in a red Toyota Camry and is likely to have a gun.
They say he does have family in the area, so they believe he’s still here, but they’re not certain.
Deputies say Collier has an extensive criminal record including convictions for:
Harassing communications in 2009
Third degree terroristic threatening in 2009
Disorderly conduct in 2000
Disorderly conduct in 2004
Third degree terroristic threatening in 2004
Possession of marijuana in 2004
Second degree wanton endangerment in 2004
Contempt of court in 2011
Possession of marijuana in 2011
Possession of drug paraphernalia in 2011
Disorderly conduct in 2013
Contempt of court in 2013
Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911.