A Floyd County grand jury indicted a David resident who is accused of assaulting a Kentucky State Police trooper and endangering his life. 

The grand jury indicted Matthew Ousley, 38, of David, charging him with first-degree fleeing/evading police, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, menacing, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, menacing, public intoxication and for allegedly being a persistent felon offender in the second degree.

Ousley was arrested on these charges when a case was filed against him in Floyd District Court. 

According to the arrest citations and a warrant filed in that case, on June 25, Ousley was a passenger in a truck driven by Otis Ousley on Ky. 1210. 

Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Ball reports in the citation that he had prior knowledge that Ousley had an outstanding warrant against him. 

Ball reported that he “gave several loud verbal commands” for Matthew Ousley to “show his hands” and Ousley allegedly “attempted to present” a handgun beside the right passenger seat.

“Matthew fired one round in the floor of the pickup truck,” Ball reported. “Matthew’s father Otis Ousley was fighting Matthew inside the vehicle to prevent him from shooting me. After a brief struggle Matthew exited the passenger side of the pickup truck and ran towards Save-A-Lot parking lot.”

He reported that he pursued Ousley on foot and, upon capture, he allegedly “continued to resist and kicked” Ball. 

“I was able to deliver several closed fist strikes to Matthew’s face in order to regain compliance,” Ball wrote. “At this point, I was able to place (him) into custody.”

The felony warrant Ball referenced in this case was filed in a separate district court case in which Ousley was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree assault of a police officer and first-degree fleeing and evading police. 

In that case, Darvin Marsillett of the KSP reported that he responded to a wreck on June 1 and Ousley allegedly “took off running back to the vehicle and took off and hit the officer with his vehicle.” 

In the indictment issued last week, the grand jury alleges that Ousley assaulted Ball and engaged in conduct that “created a substantial danger of death and/or serious physical injury” to him. One of the wanton endangerment charges against Ousley alleges that he endangered the life of his father. 

Ousley is scheduled to be arraigned in Floyd Circuit Court on Aug. 20. 

Editor’s Note: An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

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