Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Bee Spring man on multiple felony counts after a traffic stop yesterday in Sweeden, according to a press release from their office.
The sheriff's office reported that on Monday, September 9, 2019, around 8:30pm, an Edmonson County sheriff’s deputy observed a 2004 Chevy Malibu, being driven by Michael Scott Gipson (48) of Bee Spring, KY, at Marathon Gas Station in Sweeden, KY.
Deputies said that having prior knowledge that the driver may have a suspended driver’s license, officers ran the registration plate of the vehicle, which was discovered to be expired. According to the release, a deputy made contact with the driver and immediately observed what he believed to be a burglary tool. Gibson allegedly could not provide a valid driver’s license or a valid proof of insurance, according to the deputy. Through conversation with Gibson, the sheriff's office reported that the deputy was told that additional burglary tools “may be in the trunk,” that the “AR rifle-looking gun” was actually a BB gun, and that Gipson, had a pocket knife on his person.
Through the investigation, the sheriff's office said they found multiple knives in the vehicle. The press release also stated that Gipson ignored numerous verbal commands given by the deputy to stop moving back towards the vehicle and to get on the ground, with his hands behind his back. During a physical scuffle on the ground, while trying to restrain Gipson, Gipson reached towards his waist band multiple times and ignored the deputy’s commands to not reach for his waist band.
According to the sheriff's office, after physically fighting Gipson into handcuffs, all while Gipson guarded and continued to reach for his waist band, Gipson informed the arresting officer that he had a gun in his waist band. A loaded pistol was reportedly retrieved from Gipson’s waist band after he was placed in handcuffs.
Also assisting was Brownsville Police and an off-duty officer.
Gipson was arrested and charged with:
He was lodged in the Hart County Jail.