Police: Mass shooting thwarted at central Kentucky factory

Published: Nov. 20, 2018 at 11:25 AM EST
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Police in Kentucky say a mass shooting attack was thwarted Monday after officers responded to a trespassing complaint.

An arrest report says Springfield police responded to the scene of LB Manufacturing after receiving word of the suspicious vehicle on the property.

An officer approached the suspect, Matthew Smith, who began making suspicious movements before asking for the officer's badge number. Smith would refuse to leave the vehicle, but when the officer opened his driver side door, he noticed Smith was armed with a handgun.

The officer reports Smith raised the firearm, but the officer was able to grab his hand to take it away. During the struggle, Smith reached for a gun in his waistband, but the officer was able to eventually handcuff him.

Officers were able to find a modified fully-automatic AR-15 rifle along with other firearms.

During an interview, Smith told officers he was looking for a woman he believed was being trafficked, and he "brought what he needed to get the job done" for a suspected mass shooting.

Smith is charged with wanton endangerment of a police officer, resisting arrest, attempted murder and criminal trespassing.