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Two arrested in connection with Atlantic Court shots fired

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Police: Incident was drug deal gone bad

By Jennifer Corbett

Two people who police believe were involved in a drug deal gone bad that resulted in gunfire last week were arrested Friday.

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And, according to police, more arrests are expected.

Craig Y. Montgomery and Christopher Scott Sheckles were arrested on several charges each, including assault and endangering a minor, related to the incident Monday at 103 Atlantic Court, where police responded to multiple shots being fired.

A 10-year-old was reportedly in the house at the time of the incident.

Bardstown Police Detective Lynn Davis said the juvenile saw what happened and has spoken with police. The juvenile was taken in by a family member.

According to police, Sheckles fired the shots.

Officers found two shell casings on the sidewalk outside the home, blood and a damaged front door Monday.

At the scene, Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said it was obvious a fight had occurred based on the evidence.

After searching the home, police found around 400 grams of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $40,000, scales, a 9 mm handgun and approximately $29,000 in cash.

The cocaine was reportedly found in a smoke grill outside of the home. Police said other drugs were found in the home as well.

At the scene Monday, police said they were looking for several African American male suspects they believe were involved in the incident.

According to the warrant, which was written by Detective Chris Smith, witnesses told police that they observed a black male who was bleeding exit the house shooting a handgun at two black males standing in front of the house. Witnesses told police that a white SUV left the residence being chased by a silver SUV.

Davis said another witness told police that they heard one male say to another that they wanted their money back.

A blood trail inside the home led police to a grill in the backyard, which was where a large amount of cocaine was hidden, according to the warrant.

While police were waiting on the warrant Monday, Sheckles attempted to sneak back into the property by climbing a wooden fence in an apparent attempt to retrieve narcotics he had hidden.

Sheckles, who was wearing a blood soaked shirt, had a large facial laceration.

A witness told police that Montgomery cut Sheckles with a knife, Davis said.

Sheckles was taken to University of Louisville Hospital.

According to a press release, the Bardstown Police Department obtained warrants and arrested two of three suspects, Montgomery and Sheckles, Friday.

Davis said police have also identified the other suspects they believe were involved in the incident.

During Sheckles’ arrest, police seized $2,600 in cash and another handgun.

Sheckles, 34, of Bardstown, was charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, endangering welfare of a minor, first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Montgomery, 37, of Cox’s Creek, was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (second offense), drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Montgomery, who police say is a known drug dealer in the area, was indicted in November on several drug trafficking and possession charges and possession of several firearms. According to court records,

He was released on $30,000 property bond prior to Monday’s incident.

Montgomery’ criminal history dates back several years, including a 1996 conviction for trafficking in cocaine for which he was sentenced to six years in prison.

Sheckles is currently being held in the Hardin County Detention Center. Montgomery is being held in the Nelson County Jail.

Davis said that was done on purpose to keep the two men apart from one another.

Willa Marie Stivers, 37, who lives at 103 Atlantic Court, was arrested earlier this week on several drug charges after police initially responded.

Police said the investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with any information to the incident is asked to call Bardstown Police at 348-6811 or Nelson County Dispatch at 348-3211.