Warren Co. Standoff Continues

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Police continue their standoff with a Warren County man holed up in his ex-employer's house in northern Warren County.

ATF agents and police went to serve a search warrant at the home of Russell Sublett around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, when Sublett jumped in his car and sped off in a high-speed chase.

Sublett ran over some spike strips deployed by police, blew out his tire, and then rammed another car. Sublett then carjacked another vehicle, threw the driver out of the car, and continued to US 31-W, heading north about a mile. He turned into the front yard of a home and drove up to the front porch, then ran inside.

No one was home at the time, but neighbors say Sublett used to work for the homeowner in the property's horse barn until he was fired about a month ago. Workers were in the barn (located approximately 300 yards behind the house) at the time, but were given the order to evacuate by cell phone from the homeowner.

Sublett took sporadic shots at officers throughout the evening, but no one was hurt. Police believe, but couldn't confirm, that Sublett had been shot, perhaps in the hand.

Hostage negotiators maintained sporadic contact with Sublett through the evening, but cut his power and phone lines around 8:00 p.m.

The State Police Special Response Team from Lexington arrived around 8:15 p.m., and began setting up an interior perimeter near the house.

Sublett is known locally as a rodeo cowboy with a criminal record, and WBKO has learned he is a suspect in the barn fire that killed four horses in the same area of Warren County last week.

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