The following information from a attempted Kentucky Mass Killer event has been published. In this case, the suspect had three pistols on when he was taken down. Officers involved in this incident credited aware people and their weapons disarms techniques with the incident being resolved without loss of life. The suspect was studying the facility and knew one of the staff. As Glen and I have stated many times, it is often quicker to disarm a violent person than going to guns. This is one of the reasons we stress disarming techniques in our classes and on the website. If you do not have this valuable skill set, you need to step up your training quickly. We do have a DVD available if you cannot find a local resource.
Springfield, Ky. — Springfield police credit two alert employees and two officers with stopping a man who was believed to be planning a mass shooting at a Washington County business Monday afternoon.
Matthew Smith, 37, was arrested Monday at L&B Manufacturing on Industry Drive. Police said he had several guns in his vehicle, including one that appeared to be a fully automatic weapon.
An employee confronted Matthew Smith in the parking lot and then reported to a supervisor, who called police to L&B Manufacturing on a report of a suspicious vehicle and trespassing complaint around 4 p.m. Monday.
“If people see something, they need to say something, right then. Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. That’s what prevented this, in our opinion,” Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said.
Springfield Police Department Officer Joe Templeman said he approached Matthew Smith, who had his window down, and asked him his name. Templeman said Matthew Smith asked him for his badge number.
Templeman said he could tell something was up based on the way Matthew Smith acted, so the officer asked Matthew Smith again for his name and for him to step out of the vehicle, to which Matthew Smith refused.
Templeman said he opened the driver’s door and Matthew Smith began to raise a Glock handgun pointing at the officer.
As Matthew Smith raised the gun toward the officer, the officer grabbed the gun with his left hand and passed it off to Capt. Tony Golden.
“You don’t have time to think. I just reacted. My training kicked in and I was able to get to his gun quicker than I was mine,” Templeman said.
The officer took Matthew Smith to the ground at that point, as Matthew Smith tried to grab something from his waistband.
Templeman and Golden gained control of Matthew Smith and a Springfield XD handgun was found tucked in his front waistband. Matthew Smith then was handcuffed and another Glock was found in a holster on his ankle.
Investigators said all of the handguns on Matthew Smith’s body were fully loaded with a round in the chamber.
Templeman said he believes Matthew Smith intended to kill him and others.
“I’ve thought about it constantly, what could have happened, if nobody would have noticed, nobody would have called. What would we be processing right now?” Templeman said.
“As the facts lay out before me at this time, I believe that my officers and these two employees prevented a potential mass shooting,” Jim Smith said.
Police also found a Colt AR 15 A-2 with a 40-round magazine in the front passenger seat and a .308 rifle was under that firearm.
Police said Matthew Smith had several fully loaded magazines for each semi-automatic gun.
While clearing the AR-15, police realized that it had been modified to be fully automatic because the safety was not functioning properly and the trigger reset itself when primed. Further investigation will determine if the gun was fully automatic, police said.
In an interview with police, Matthew Smith told officers that he was at L&B looking for an employee he had dropped off earlier that day who hadn’t responded to his calls or texts. Matthew Smith told officers he worried that employee was being trafficked and showed up to wait for that employee, according to the report.
After he was Mirandized, Matthew Smith told the interviewing officer he “brought what he needed to get the job done,” police said. Jim Smith said Matthew Smith had been studying the layout of the building and knew how to get in and out, including roof entrances.
“He just made factual statements to us that indicated that he was going to go into this building and cause major damage,” Jim Smith said.
Matthew Smith is charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, two counts of resisting arrest, one count of attempted murder and one count of third-degree criminal trespassing.
Police said Matthew Smith is not a current or former employee of L&B Manufacturing, but does know someone who works there.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also investigating the case.