Grayson County man finds bomb on property

GRAYSON COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- Sunday evening, Grayson County Central Dispatch received a call from a homeowner about there being an explosive device in his barn in the Jugville Community on Richland Road.

"Somebody told me two or three days ago that it looked like a bomb laying in front of my barn, but I'd been sick, so I hadn't been up here to check," said Johnnie Hayes, the homeowner.

Hayes and his girlfriend, Wanda Ferguson had recently been hospitalized after an unidentified group attempted to steal items from their barn. When the couple tried to follow the perpetrators for nearly two miles down the road and confront them, shots were fired, ending with multiple wounds to the both of them, including Hayes losing his right eye.

"By the grace of God, I'm still alive. And she's still alive by the grace of God. I owe him all the things. If it wasn't for Him then, you know, we would all be dead," said Hayes.

Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins said deputies responded to the scene Sunday night and confirmed that it was an explosive device. Kentucky State Police's Bomb Squad was then contacted to respond and confirmed the case as well. He said officials confirmed it was "capable of doing serious damage to the home."

"It just needed an ignition source and it would have done some serious damage, probably taking the barn out," said Chaffins.

The bomb squad was responsible for removing the device.

"Yeah, they blowed it up last night, and they said it was big enough to blow up half of my barn up, and I've got a big barn," said Hayes.

Deputies from the Grayson County Sheriff's Office are conducting the investigation in conjunction with KSP. Chaffins said they don't have any suspects at this time, though he said they might be able to get leads from the previous incident that happened to the couple.

No other explosive devices were found on the property. Chaffins said it appeared to be isolated to Hayes' property.

"The people that live here -- they think it's home, it's a good place. Until these people start coming here and shooting up our citizens. You know, that's not nice. It's just ugly; that's all it is," said Hayes' neighbor, Randall Carter.

After all of this, Hayes said he's ready to move away.

"Hopefully I can get this sold and move on with my life. Move on with our lives," he said. "She's the love of my life and I just don't want her shot. Don't want her hurt."

If you have any information related to the shooting or bomb, you can contact the Grayson County Sheriff's Office at 270-259-3024.

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