Police allege man intended to shoot co-worker

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By Lorrie Kinkade


The Trimble Banner

Officers with the Kentucky State Police, Trimble County Sheriff’s Department and Madison [Indiana] Police Department may have thwarted a man’s plan to shoot co-workers at a local construction site.

Robert E. Gibson, 42, of Main Street in Madison, Ind., was arrested Thursday, Aug. 7 on two counts of terroristic threatening and lodged in the Carroll County Regional Detention Center.

Trimble County Sheriff Tim Coons said Gibson reportedly left voice messages on a co-worker’s phone Aug. 5, alleging a conspiracy to alter random drug test results. In the messages, Gibson is said to have made specific threats to take a weapon to the pair’s workplace on the property of Louisville Gas & Electric at Wise’s Landing.

A supervisor for Gibson’s employer, Becon Construction, was notified of the situation Wednesday and contacted police who began investigating the claim. Subsequently, sufficient evidence of the crime was discovered, enabling County Attorney Perry Arnold to obtain a warrant for Gibson’s arrest.

Although officers attempted to keep the suspect under surveillance throughout the investigative process, Coons said Gibson was able to “slip out” of his house Thursday, at which time a search was convened. He was apprehended, without incident, a short time later after KSP Trooper Dave Trimble spotted his vehicle traveling southbound on Hwy 421 North near Trimble County High School.

As of press time Tuesday, Gibson remained lodged at CCRDC with bond set at $10,000 cash.

Calls to LG&E and Becon construction were not returned by press time Tuesday.