Sheriff: Teens Shot Mortars at Deputy's Home
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - Two teens have been charged with shooting fireworks early Monday morning at a McCracken County sheriff's deputy's home.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Office says a deputy's family was awakened around 3:40 am by a loud boom that sounded like an explosion or gunshot, so the deputy went to check on it and heard another explosion. The deputy checked surveillance cameras and saw someone standing near his home, lighting three mortar rounds and throwing them near his front door before they exploded.

The deputy ran out the front door and chased two males through the neighborhood as other units arrived. A deputy found a truck on Metropolis Lake Road, and two males ran from the vehicle, but 18-year-old Cody Duren stayed with the truck. Deputies said it was obvious he had been running through yards, and his clothing matched the description given by the deputy as the suspects fled his property.

A short time later a vehicle passed Old Hall Road with four males inside it. One of them appeared to resemble a picture of one of the suspects that had been identified as 18-year-old Dakota Irvan.

Irvan reportedly admitted to throwing one of the fireworks at the house and said Duren threw two fireworks at the house. Deputies said Duren also admitted to throwing fireworks at the house. Deputies seized marijuana and alcohol during the investigation.

Deputies said security video showed Duren and Irvan walking on the road into the cul-de-sac and lighting three different mortar rounds and throwing them at the home. Deputies say the mortar rounds caused pieces of brick to blow off the house, along with other damages. One of the rounds landed on the rooftop.

Duren and Irvan were arrested and taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail. Duren is charged with first degree wanton endangerment, possession of marijuana, assisting a minor in the purchase of alcohol, and disorderly conduct. Irvan is charged with first degree wanton endangerment, disorderly conduct, and fleeing or evading police.

Here is video of one of the mortars from surveillance video, released by McCracken County Sheriff's Department:

Published 10:59 AM, Monday Jul. 15, 2019
Updated 12:01 PM, Tuesday Jul. 16, 2019

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