Barren County Sheriff's Office

A man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after he was shot by a Barren County Sheriff’s Deputy Monday morning.   

Kentucky State Police spokesman Jonathan Biven says authorities were called to the scene of a reported stabbing on South Gassaway Road. Officers then pursued a Chevy Equinox to a spot on New Bowling Green Road.  Biven says the driver of that car, 22-year-old David Smith of Bowling Green, approached the sheriff’s deputy with a pair of scissors.  When a Taser deployment didn’t work, Deputy Kevin Wilson shot Smith.  No law enforcement officials were injured in the altercation.

Deputy Wilson has been placed on routine administrative leave as an investigation continues.  Smith was taken to T.J. Samson Community Hospital.

Lisa Autry

When Barren County Judge-Executive Davie Greer began looking for a new sheriff, she didn't have to go far.  She choose Kent Keen, who retired from the Glasgow Police Department and joined the sheriff's office a year ago as a school resource officer.  

Monday's announcement attracted a standing room- only crowd inside a Barren County circuit courtroom.  A full contingent of uniformed officers stood behind him as Keen pledged to run the department by the book.

"I have three guidelines that I operate off of, and that's the KRS (Kentucky Revised Statues), the Barren County Sheriff's Department policy manual, and the Bible, just to be honest with you," explained Keen. "Some God-given common sense may go a long way, folks."

Noticeably present at Monday's announcement was Deputy Aaron Bennett, who stood trial in May alongside former Sheriff Chris Eaton. Bennett was also accused of using excessive force on a suspect in 2010 and lying about it to federal investigators.  Bennett was acquitted on all charges. He told WKU Public Radio that seeing Keen sworn in felt like the beginning of a new era at the sheriff's office.