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Man arrested in connection with chaos outside UK Hospital appears in court

Published: Mar. 26, 2021 at 9:40 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A man who triggered hours of chaos outside UK Hospital appeared in court Friday.

Bryan Carroll appeared via video in a Zoom arraignment. The judge read charges against him, and he was appointed a public defender.

His public defender representing him in the arraignment asked the judge to review his $150,000 bond, but the judge said because of a prior case of Carroll cutting off an ankle bracelet and the charges against him, he was considered a risk, and kept his bond as is.

Police arrested Carroll Thursday.

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Bryan Carroll mugshot
Bryan Carroll mugshot(Fayette Co. Detention Center)

We received a copy of the arrest citation for Carroll with new details about the man that’s facing 14 charges including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and four counts of use of a weapon of mass destruction.

We know that Carroll was wanted in Versailles and it was the Versailles Police that tipped off UK Police that Carroll intended to visit a family member at UK Hospital.

According to the arrest citation, when Carroll left the emergency department three members of law enforcement approached him and arrested him as he tried to get back inside his car.

We’re told he was wearing body armor at the time.

Arrest records show that officers removed two handguns that Carroll had on him and noted that three more handguns and two long guns, along with a large amount of ammo, were inside the car.

Police also located four homemade bombs inside Carroll’s car, prompting them to call for the Lexington Police Bomb Detection Unit. ATF and the FBI also arrived and helped in the investigation.

The FBI and police sent out a notification that bomb techs would be back at Carroll’s home on Aberdeen Road on Friday to “mitigate possible public safety concerns.” They said people might hear want sounds like fireworks.

Neighbors have been asked to evacuate as a precaution.

“What good does it do to be angry? This is a sad situation for the community, for the family, for our neighbors,” said Phyllis Mattingly, neighbor. “My heart goes out to the guys up there that are working on it because they may be in danger. So, it doesn’t help me to get angry about it.”

Carroll is facing a long list of charges including possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and four counts of use of weapon of mass destruction. He is also being charged with possession of a controlled substance, which police say they also found on him, resisting arrest and fleeing from police.

We’ve also learned that federal charges could be coming. A federal affidavit has been filed, saying there’s probable cause for Carroll to be charged with possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, but so far no federal charges have been filed.

Carroll’s next hearing date is set for April 1.

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