Probation Officer Wounded in Knott County

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Corrections Department says a probation and parole officer has been wounded in eastern Kentucky where he was trying to arrest a man accused of not complying with the terms of his probation.

The agency says Brian Melvin and three other probation and parole officers were in the community of Mousie in Knott County on Monday afternoon to try to serve a 2010 warrant on 28-year-old Rocky Wicker Jr.

The agency said Wicker's father, Rocky Wicker Sr., allegedly opened fire on Melvin, hitting him in the arm. Corrections Department spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said Melvin was undergoing surgery at Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center late Monday afternoon. The hospital could not release any information Monday night.

Lamb said another officer has cuts on his arms from being hit by broken glass when the officers' vehicle was fired on.

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