LMPD :: Louisville Metro Police Department
Updated: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Deputy Traps Himself in Jail Cell

Tries to shoot his way out


An Adair County sheriff deputy has lost his job after accidentally locking himself in a jail cell and trying to shoot his way out of it.

Adair County Sheriff Ralph Curry says no one was hurt when Charles Wright fired his weapon into the bulletproof glass on Monday.

The incident occurred the first day the new $12.4 million Adair County Judicial Center had opened to the public after being under construction for more than a year.

Curry says Wright suffers from severe claustrophobia from serving in the Air Force, and that fear prompted Wright to freak out when he got trapped. Curry says Wright was a good employee, but he had to let him go.

Wright has agreed to pay for the damage to the cell.