Supporters march for Joseph Edwards
by Joe P. Asher Staff Writer
Supporters of a man awaiting trial on charges stemming from a shooting incident on Ivy Hill in December staged a rally to show support for the accused as well as all military veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Joseph Edwards, 27, was arrested following the December incident and charged with attempted murder of a police officer and first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.
Edwards was charged after deputies attempted to serve a search warrant at Apt. 2, 201 Meadow Drive, resulting in Edwards allegedly shooting at police. Edwards was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer and attempted murder of a police officer following the incident, states a previous report.
The citation states deputies from the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve a search warrant on Edward’s residence. Edwards fired a handgun at the deputies as they made entry into the residence. Deputies returned fire, and after a brief standoff, Edwards lowered his weapon and surrendered to the deputies. Five deputies were outside the front door of the residence when the shooting occurred.
According to Edwards’ attorney, Doug Asher, the rally is not in any way a protest, but a show of support of Edwards and other military veterans with PTSD.
“There are a lot of friends and a lot of family that stand behind him,” said Joseph Edwards’ mother, Lynn Edwards.
Roger Edwards, the father of Joseph Edwards, said there were many others who would have attended the rally if they had been able to do so.
Lynn Edwards pointed out that Joseph Edwards suffers from PTSD.
“He has been seeking treatment and taking treatment for it since he’s been back from Iraq,” said Lynn Edwards. “We’ve been through a long haul with that.”
Roger Edwards said the entire story concerning the shooting incident on Ivy Hill had not yet been told, but it will come out during the trial.
“For that to have happened was so out of nature for Joe,” said Lynn Edwards.
Lynn Edwards credited Joseph Edwards’ military training with the fact that nobody was injured in the incident.
“He was trained in Iraq to go in and clear houses,” said Lynn Edwards. “He knows how to use a gun and he knows what he’s doing. That fact that no one was hurt… he wasn’t trying to hurt anybody, he was trying to defend his home.”
Asher pointed out Joseph Edwards could not attend the rally due to being on home incarceration.
“We didn’t discuss the merits of the case here at all today,” said Asher. “This was to show support for all veterans — not just Joe (Edwards) — for having go to war and come back and face these issues that arise from having post traumatic stress disorder.”
Asher said the rally was coordinated with the help of the Harlan City Police.
Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-573-4510, ext. 113, firstname.lastname@example.org
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