Gunfire exchanged during hostage situation in Bowling Green

By: Amy Bingham
By: Amy Bingham

A Warren County Sheriff's Deputy is safe after being held hostage for approximately three hours overnight.
Kentucky State Police say 27-year-old Matthew Griffin held a deputy hostage at his home on 13th and Kentucky Street from around 10:45 last night until two o'clock this morning.
The incident happened when three deputies were attempting to serve a felony warrant on Griffin for failing to pay child support in Barren County.
KSP says Griffin's wife, Tiffany, told authorities Matthew Griffin wasn't home and agreed to a search.
During that time, Matthew Griffin tore through the second story onto the roof of the home.
A fourth deputy, whose name hasn't been released, arrived on the scene and climped up a side staircase to the roof.
The deputy got into a struggle with Griffin, who took the deputy's weapon away from him and held him hostage.
The Bowling Green Police Department CERT team arrived and began negotiations.
KSP says gunfire was exchanged but no one was injured.
At 2:00 a.m. the deputy was released unharmed, and Griffin surrendered an hour later.
Matthew Griffin is currently lodged in the Warren County Jail on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder of a police officer and flagrant non-support.
Additonal charges are pending.


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