Kentucky firefighter charged with terroristic threatening in theft case

Christopher Neal was arrested and suspended from his duties as a firefighter after being accused of theft and threatening someone at gunpoint. /Source: (Three Forks Regional Jail)
By  | 

IRVINE, Ky. (WVLT/WKYT) -- A firefighter in Estill, Kentucky was arrested on multiple charges and suspended from duties after being accused of theft and making threats at gunpoint.

Christopher Chad Neal works for the Irvine Fire Department. His alleged crimes go back December 2017

Neal sold emergency lights intended for use by the city without permission to do so, according to court documents. The lights had a value of more than $500 but less than $10,000.

Then, in January 2019 documents show that he went to Maryland to buy an emergency vehicle he claimed was for the fire department, but instead of putting the title in the city's name he put it in his own and reportedly started using it as a personal vehicle.

The vehicle's seller told police that he would not have sold it with emergency equipment or official license plates if he had known it was going to be used as a personal vehicle.

When someone discovered what Neal had allegedly been up to, he held a gun to their face and threatened their life if they told anyone, documents show.

Neal was arrested Saturday and is facing charges of wanton endangerment, terroristic threatening, official misconduct, theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception.

The city of Irvine released a statement that said, "The employee in question has been suspended from all duties in the City while an investigation is being conducted. We will be transparent with the community as much as the law allows."