A Stambaugh man wanted in connection with a June 29 shooting was arrested after, police said, the public’s help led them to him.
Johnson County Sheriff Doug Saylor said Joshua Caudill, a 27-year-old Stambaugh man, evaded law enforcement officers for nearly four days after the June 29 incident at Sitka. Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies soon located Caudill on Thursday, July 2 with the help of the public, Saylor said.
According to court documents, Caudill allegedly used a .38 caliber handgun to shoot James Johnson McKenzie through the arm and into his side before pointing the gun at McKenzie’s head and threatening to kill him. Caudill, the court documents said, threatened to shoot his own mother if she did not provide him with keys to a vehicle in order to escape the scene.
Armed with a deadly weapon, the court documents said, Caudill then stole a gray 2008 Mazda and fled the scene. McKenzie, police said. was airlifted by helicopter to an area trauma center for the injuries he suffered during the assault.
Saylor issued a public warning about Caudill almost immediately after the incident and asked the public for help locating the alleged perpetrator, who he warned could be armed and dangerous.
Caudill was already wanted on an indictment warrant charging him with first-degree strangulation, first-degree assault, and receiving stolen property earlier in June related to an incident where he allegedly strangled and assaulted a woman. According to JCSO Deputy Jeff Castle, Caudill’s own mother said he had “not been right” since that indictment warrant was issued leading up to the June 29 event.
Saylor said Caudill was arrested by Kentucky State Police on July 2 after the law enforcement agencies received tips from the public on his whereabouts.
“We set up surveillance looking for him,” Saylor said. “Once we located him, we followed him and attempted a traffic stop. JCSO and KSP conducted the felony traffic stop and the subject cooperated with no issues, thankfully. No firearms were found on the individual. He was transported by KSP and they served the active warrants on him.”
Saylor thanked the public for their help in locating Caudill.
“Great things can be accomplished when agencies work together,” Saylor said.
Caudill was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on the indictment warrant charges as well as charges of first-degree assault and first-degree robbery related to the June 29 incident.
Caudill remained lodged in the jail as of presstime July 7.