While being arrested for conspiring to violate the civil rights of persons within Pulaski County, Kentucky, a Pulaski constable shot an FBI agent as the feds raided his residence. On that same morning, another constable was arrested on similar civil rights violation charges but was arrested without incident.
From November 18, 2018 though September 24, 2019, Pulaski County Constables Michael Wallace and Gary Baldock allegedly threatened and intimidated persons in Pulaski County, in violation of the Constitution and laws of the United States. More specifically, the indictment alleges the two constables deprived individuals of their rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and to be free from the deprivation of property without due process, by someone acting under the color of law.
On the morning of March 6, FBI agents surrounded the houses of Wallace and Baldock before executing their arrests. According to an affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent David Lowery, FBI personnel were wearing clothing identifying themselves as FBI agents and used a loudspeaker to announce their presence multiple times.
After Baldock failed to respond, FBI personnel breached the front and rear doors of the residence. As federal agents entered his home, Baldock opened fire and shot one of the FBI agents.
During the shootout, Baldock was shot by an agent and later transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his wound. Wallace was taken into custody that same morning at his residence without incident.
Charged with conspiracy against civil rights and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, Baldock was also indicted Thursday for the attempted murder of an FBI agent. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison and a maximum fine of $1.25 million.
Due to the fact that Wallace did not initiate a shootout with federal agents during his arrest, he only faces up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and supervised release of up to 3 years.