UPDATED: Adair County Deputy Sheriff Chandler Staten is the newest member of the department to complete training, and Sunday morning he put that training to use as he deescalated what could have been a deadly situation.
According to an arrest warrant, Staten was attempting to serve outstanding warrants on Vincent Bach, 33, at 901 Jones Chapel Rd. at 9:13 a.m. Sunday.
When Staten made contact with Bach at the front door, Bach drew a gun and pointed it at Staten’s face. Staten told Kentucky State Police officer Clint Bale, who is investigating the case, that he could see down the barrel of Bach’s gun and immediately began to draw his own firearm.
Staten told Bale he gave verbal commands for Bach to drop his gun and Bach fled inside the residence. Staten sought cover from behind his patrol car and continued to give verbal commands to Bach to come outside unarmed with his hands where Staten could see them.
According to the citation, the residents of the property, Brooke Grant and Jeremy Wade, convinced Bach to surrender and exit the residence. Bach was then taken into custody.
Grant told KSP that Bach heard someone at the door and said it was Lucas Rowe and Bach went to the front door to confront Rowe.
Wade told Bale that Bach had been in an argument with Rowe the previous night over stereo equipment. Wade said Bach had been consuming alcohol throughout the night so he allowed Bach to stay overnight and sleep on the couch.
Bach was given a preliminary breath test and his blood alcohol content was .095, according to KSP.
During the incident, Staten made a frantic radio call to 911 dispatch, reporting that a gun had been pulled on him and requesting assistance.
Sheriff Josh Brockman, Deputy Josh Durbin, officers from the Columbia police department and Kentucky State Police heard the call for assistance and immediately responded to the scene.
Bach was arrested on outstanding warrants of possession of a controlled substance, 2nd degree; operating on a suspended license, fleeing and evading police, 2nd degree; and failure to wear a seat belt. He was later charged by Kentucky State Police for wanton endangerment, 1st degree, police officer; and fleeing or evading police, 1st degree.
It was originally reported that Staten entered the residence and arrested Bach after Bach lowered the firearm. That report was provided at the scene and additional details have since been provided by KSP, who is investigating the incident.
Bach was being held without bond until arraignment, which was set for Wednesday morning.
Following the incident, Sheriff Brockman released the following statement:
“On a personal note I want to thank the Columbia Police Department and the State Police for their quick response. This situation could have turned out very very bad,” Brockman wrote. “These deputies are tasked with serving warrants most of the time by themselves and most of the time a good distance in the county. Training teaches us that we serve warrants with a minimum of two deputies or officers etc.
“Unfortunately training doesn’t always meet reality when you only have one person available per shift 80 percent of time.
“These guys are out here by themselves and honestly most of the time don’t even have radio contact in the rural parts because of the lack of repeaters spread through county. These guys walk a thin line every day they come to work,” Sheriff Brockman wrote.
By Sharon Burton