Deputy Saves Prisoner from Drowning
By WestKyStar Staff
LIVINGSTON COUNTY, KY - A Livingston County Sheriff's Deputy dove into the Tennessee River to save a prisoner who jumped out of a Livingston County Rescue Boat Saturday night.
Deputies Kenneth Vincent and Irvin Davis were dispatched to the river bank in an attempt to locate a man who had called 911. The subject, 34-year-old Shaun Gilmore of Clinton, Indiana, told dispatchers that he had been assaulted and was being chased by three men who were trying to kill him. He said that he was on the bank of the Tennessee River but did not know his exact location.
Deputies were able to get Gilmore's approximate location by tracking the last known location of his cell phone. Deputies Vincent and Davis were able to locate Gilmore only after utilizing a county rescue boat. When they finally reached Gilmore, they saw that he was obviously under the influence of a controlled substance, and Gilmore later admitted to taking methamphetamine.
Gilmore was placed in the rescue boat and was being transported back to the boat landing when he jumped into the river while in handcuffs. Deputy Vincent immediately dove from the moving boat into the 40 degree water and was able to save Gilmore, who was already submerged in the muddy water.
Gilmore was transported to Lourdes Hospital for treatment of hypothermia before being released and lodged in the McCracken County Jail. He faces charges that include Public Intoxication, Resisting Arrest, and Escape 3rd Degree.
Deputy Vincent was also treated at Lourdes and released.