NEW DETAILS: Suspect in Custody in Connection with Shots Fired at Courthouse

By: Brian Gregory Email
By: Brian Gregory Email

Madisonville (WVLT) A suspect is in custody after allegedly escaping from Monroe County Sheriff's deputies inside the Courthouse Friday morning.

The suspect is identified by Monroe Sheriff's deputies as Tristan James Frazier, 20.

He was arrested on Monroe Street around 12:10 pm.

He faces new charges of escape, evading arrest, and assault on an officer

According to Monroe deputies, Frazier was first taken into custody on a Violation of Probation charge around 11:25 this morning.

As Frazier was being placed into custody by Court Officer James Haseltine, deputies say Frazier began to resist and allegedly stuck Haseltine in the head.

As Frazier fled, deputies say he ignored Haseltine's repeated commands to stop.

Deputies say Haseltine fired a shot into the floor of the courthouse around 11:28 am.

Deputies say Frazier fled outside the courthouse and hid in and around Madisonville for about 45 minutes.

He was taken into custody following a tip from a Madisonville Police officer and County Commissioner Bill Bivins.

Deputy Haseltine is on paid administrative leave pending the findings of an Internal Affairs Investigation into this matter.

Deputy Haseltine is 59 years old.

He has been employed with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office since May of 2007.

No one was injured.

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