Edmond jailed on attempted murder charge

Joe P. Asher Staff Writer

November 12, 2013

A man hospitalized in an alleged shootout with police in Cumberland is now in the Harlan County Detention Center after being released from Holston Valley Medical Center.

Jason Edmond, 42, of Cumberland, was airlifted to the Holston Valley trauma center after being shot by police during a standoff on Oct. 7. Edmond was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Kevin Miller following his release from Holston Valley on Monday.

According to a previous report, Edmond is being charged with attempted murder of a police officer by the Cumberland Police Department. The Kentucky State Police is charging Edmond with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.

According to the complaint, Edmond showed extreme indifference to the value of human life when he engaged in conduct creating a danger of death or serious physical injury to another person. Edmond shot several rounds into neighboring houses as well as at Cumberland Police Department officers who responded to the scene.

The complaint states Edmond threatened to shoot officers after the arrival of KSP troopers on the scene. Edmond raised his loaded firearm in the direction of officers causing a substantial danger of death or physical injury to officers and troopers on the scene.

According to a separate complaint, Cumberland Police Officer Jason Blanton states Don Disney claimed someone was shooting at his house, saying shots came from College Road. College Road runs adjacent to White Street in Cumberland.

Blanton states in the complaint that he exited in Cumberland police vehicle and heard two shots fired. Blanton said the shots sounded like they were fired in his direction from 348 College Road, but he could not see the person that fired the shots.

The incident occurred near the former Cumberland High School and not far from Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Edmond was transported from the scene to the Cumberland campus of Southeast Community and Technical College by LifeCare Ambulance Service. He was then airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

No police officers or troopers were injured in the incident.

Edmond was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $50,000 full cash bond.

In other police activity:

* William Leath, 36, of Wallins, was arrested Tuesday by the Office of Probation and Parole on two counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance. Leath was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center without bond;

* David Michael Amburgey, 30, of Harlan, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Winston Yeary and charged with one count of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and two-counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance. Amburgey was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 bond secured by 10 percent.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-573-4510, ext. 113, jasher@civitasmedia.com