Time: 7:31 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
Location: Parking lot of Kentucky Oaks Mall, Paducah
Victim/Suspect(s): Brent W. Dixon (pictured), 35, of North 12th Street, Paducah, arrested on a charge of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon
A McCracken County man was arrested after he accidentally shot himself in the leg, and a computer check revealed outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Police were called about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to a shooting in the parking lot of Kentucky Oaks Mall. Officers found Brent W. Dixon in a car with a gunshot wound to his left leg. Dixon was taken to Lourdes Hospital for treatment.
During an interview at the hospital, Dixon admitted he had grabbed the gun from another person and accidentally shot himself. He said the other person took the gun and fled.
After his release from the hospital, Dixon was arrested on outstanding warrants charging him with failing to appear in court and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.
Det. Matt Scheer confirmed that Dixon previously was convicted of felony drug charges, and charged him at 10:51 a.m. today with being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
The shooting caused a great deal of concern Tuesday night and was widely discussed on social media shortly after it occurred. The vast majority of the information shared was incorrect.
The Paducah Police Department would like to share the following: When arriving at a scene like the one Tuesday night, officers’ first priority is to secure the scene, care for the injured and locate the suspect. The safety of the public is always foremost in officers’ minds. Crime scenes often are very chaotic, and it can take a while to separate fact from fiction. As a result, it may be an hour or more before the police department can make an official release of information to the media and the public.
Posts of rumors and incorrect information can cause fear and panic, and can actually hinder police in their investigation. We understand that information about an alleged “active shooter” in the mall was provided by individuals outside of the police department, and officers at the scene were unaware of this. Otherwise, they would have addressed it immediately with store employees and those individuals.
The police department promises to disseminate as much factual information as possible, as quickly as possible. But, we also ask the public to be very cautious and responsible about what is shared on social media.