HAZARD — A Perry County man arrested after allegedly shooting a firearm in his residence earlier this month has been charged with multiple felony counts of wanton endangerment.
Thirty-five-year-old Jimmy Wayne Sizemore, Jr., of Hazard, was taken into custody on June 5 and taken to the Hazard ARH psychiatric center after reportedly firing a shotgun through the roof of his residence at 39 Walker Branch Rd. in the Allais community the day before. His wife and five children were also inside the residence at the time.
Sizemore fled after firing the shot, and was presumed to still have been carrying the shotgun. Hazard city police officers searched the area, but could not find Sizemore that night. The incident caused Hazard Community and Technical College to place its technical campus, which is across the street from the residence where the incident occurred, on lockdown for a few hours. Approximately 30 students were escorted from the building just before 10 p.m. after search efforts had been called off for the night.
Sizemore was found the next morning in Allais after patrols were sent out to the area to continue the search. Police took Sizemore to the psychiatric center for evaluation that day.
“I was told that he did receive a buckshot to the face, but that’s another reason we’re getting him medically cleared at the hospital, to make sure he’s not injured,” Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen said after Sizemore had been found.
An arrest warrant was served to Sizemore by the Hazard Police Department this week, who is still in the psychiatric center. According to the warrant, Sizemore was intoxicated at the time of the incident when he “fired a single shot shotgun in his home” and “also head butted his wife however, it did not leave any type of marks or bruising.”
Sizemore is being charged with six counts first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony that could carry up to five years imprisonment, and one count fourth-degree assault domestic violence.
Sizemore is set to be arraigned June 17.