Parole officer injured in gun battle

Jack Latta jlatta@civitasmedia.com

September 17, 2013

MOUSIE — A probation and parole officer was injured last week during a gun battle in Knott County while attempting to serve a warrant.

According to Kentucky State Police, on Monday, September 9, at approximately 1:05 p.m., Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call of a shots fired complaint in the Mousie community of Knott County. Officers with KSP, CVE, Knott County Sheriff’s Department, as well as Trans Star Ambulance EMS responded to Route 550, and located a male subject that had been shot in the arm. He was transported to the Hazard ARH Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

State police officials say that through a preliminary investigation, it was determined that officers with state Probation and Parole were in Mousie, attempting to serve a warrant on Rocky Wicker Jr., when Rocky Wicker Sr., who was at the residence, opened fire. Officer Brian Melvin, was struck in the arm in the hail of bullets.

Officers say Wicker also reportedly fired additional shots at the state vehicle that was occupied by three other Probation and Parole officers. Officer Melvin returned fire, but the elder Wicker was not injured.

The four officers were able to flee on foot, to the Mousie Post Office, where they called 911, officials said. The other officers had minor injuries, but none appeared to be from gunshots.

Rocky Wicker Sr., 59, of Mousie, was located at his residence upon arrival by law enforcement officers, and was taken into custody without further incident. He was charged with four counts of attempted murder of a Police Officer and four counts of wanton endangerment 1st degree. He is currently lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, Kentucky State Police, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, and Knott County Sheriff’s Department converged on a residence in the Mousie community of Knott County after receiving tips that Wicker Jr. was observed at the location. Rocky Wicker Jr., reportedly fled from authorities as they arrived at the residence, and later located in a creek.

Wicker Jr. was charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and two counts of a convicted felon in possession of a handgun for Tuesday’s events. He was additionally served with several pending warrants, including probation violation, and for pending charges in Indiana.