Man in Armor, Guns, and Possible Explosives Arrested at University of Kentucky Hospital


A man was arrested Thursday afternoon after authorities found him in possession of firearms, bulletproof vests and possible explosives at a University of Kentucky hospital in Lexington.

Authorities were tipped off by police in nearby Versailles, Kentucky, that they suspect Bryan Carroll may be “armed and dangerous,” University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe said. Carroll was allegedly at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital to visit a family member.

FBI and ATF agents were on the scene assisting local law enforcement with the investigation. Several EMS and firefighters were also on the scene, as well as personnel dressed in bulletproof suits and a bomb disposal robot.Jacqueline Nie / LEX 18

“He will be charged with multiple state charges as well as pending federal charges,” Monroe said.

No one was injured and Carroll was safely taken out of the hospital. Lexington Police, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting in the response.

“I think we detained a person who could be considered armed and dangerous very quickly, efficiently and without harming anyone, including himself,” Monroe said.

Monroe said authorities believed Carroll may have had explosive devices in his vehicle and he was also found in possession of firearms and bulletproof vests. It is unclear whether Carroll intended to use the devices or what his motive may have been.

Carroll was in police custody Thursday afternoon and it is unclear if he has retained an attorney. Carroll is a resident of Versailles, which is about 13 miles west of the hospital.

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