Kentucky man charged with stealing deputy’s patrol vehicle

A Madisonville, Kentucky man was arrested after he allegedly stole two cars.

Kentucky State Police say 25-year-old Bobby Barber stole an Ohio County deputy’s patrol car in Ohio County Thursday.

KSP identified the deputy as Sgt. Chris Matthews.  They say he shot Barber during a struggle inside Barber’s vehicle.

After crashing it, Barber stole another car and led police on a chase.

Police found Barber in the cellar of a home after they found the car abandoned in a field.

Barber was taken to a hospital in Evansville for treatment of a gunshot wound to the chest.

He was released and taken to the Henderson County Detention Center.

Barber has been charged with wanton endangerment of a police officer, fleeing/evading police, theft by unlawful taking, and burglary.

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