UPDATE: MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/13/18) — Madisonville Police Department reported the suspect that fled from police during a traffic stop and avoided being caught until about 7 this morning was treated and released from Baptist Health Madisonville and taken to jail.

Jessie Blake Gobin crashed the vehicle he was driving after opening fire on the pursuing officer, MPD said earlier. The officer was not injured.

He was charged attempted murder of a police officer and convicted felon in possession of a handgun. Other charges related to the initial traffic stop are pending against Gobin, MPD reported.

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UPDATE: (4/13/18) — City police reported the suspect wanted in connection to shots fired toward an officer has been located.

Madisonville Police Department Spokesman Andy Rush said Jessie Blake Gobin was found along Thomspon Avenue in Madisonville just before 7 a.m. after police followed up on a tip. 

Rush said Gobin is being taken in for questioning in relation to the investigation.


MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/13/18) — Authorities are searching for a man considered armed and dangerous. He is wanted on the attempted murder of a Madisonville Police Department officer overnight.

The suspect has been identified as Jessie Blake Gobin, 29, standing 5-feet-11 and weighing 150 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous.

MPD reported Officer Ronald Latham was attempting to stop a 1999 Honda along Island Ford Road and Lantaff Boulevard at 11:26 p.m., when Gobin failed to stop and fled north.

“Near the intersection of Whittington Drive and Island Ford Road, Gobin fired multiple shots from the driver’s side window at Officer Latham,” Latham wrote on the report. “Gobin lost control of his vehicle near Nebo Road and Quinten Drive, exited the right shoulder and overturned several times and was ejected from the vehicle.”

MPD Spokesman Lt. Andy Rush said while Latham was pursuing the vehicle, Gobin fired four rounds toward the officer.

“None of the rounds struck the cruiser,” Rush said. “Officer Latham was not injured.”

Gobin fled on foot into a wooded area. Police say they found a 9 mm semi-automatic firearm at the scene of the accident, and shell casings were recovered on Island Ford Road, where the shots were fired.

Anyone with information is asked to call MPD Detective C.P. Haynie at (270) 824-2121 Extension 2013 or Crime Stoppers at (270) 825-1111. Callers may remain anonymous.

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