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Police Shoot Man Guarding Marijuana Field

August 10, 1993

BRODHEAD, Ky. (AP) _ A man who sat in a lawn chair guarding his marijuana field with an assault rifle was shot to death by police after a daylong standoff.

Gary Shepherd, 45, had told police they would ″have to kill me″ to get at his plants, state police said in a statement Monday.

The standoff began Sunday after members of a state task force in a helicopter spotted about 50 plants behind his home.

The troopers landed and told Shepherd they were going to cut down the plants, said Trooper Gilbert Acciardo, a state police spokesman.

Shepherd went inside and came out with a rifle.

″He was pretty much sitting there, probably about six or seven hours,″ Deputy Sheriff Darrell Doan said. ″He didn’t talk to us at all.″

Shepherd was shot several times in the head and chest as he raised his rifle toward the troopers, authorities said.

Mary Jane Jones, 42, who lived with Shepherd and their young son, said that he never pointed the gun at anybody and that police made no serious effort to negotiate.

″There was never a time that anybody pulled into the driveway and said, ’Sir, we are not armed. ... We want to talk to you,‴ she said. ″If Gary had had the chance to done that, that would have made his day.″

Jones said Shepherd had deep convictions about marijuana use and wanted to discuss those with police. Jones was standing on the porch during the shooting and was grazed by a bullet.

Brewer said the two officers involved in the shooting were placed on leave pending an investigation.

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