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Reports of drive-by shooting, hostage situation tie up police, one charged

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By Linda Ireland

 A Hodgenville man was charged with several counts early Monday after Hodgenville City Police and Kentucky State Police made numerous contacts at his Fairview Drive residence.

Donzell Johnson, 24, was charged with possession of handgun by convicted felon; buy or possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of controlled substance, second degree; and receiving stolen property.

The investigation began after several complaints were received by dispatch on Sunday evening. Reports included women being taken hostage, shots fired inside a mobile home and shots fired at a mobile home.

The first 911 caller said “shots were being fired and two women were being held hostage,” according to Police Chief Steve Johnson, who is not related to Donzell Johnson.

Chief Johnson and Officer Eddie Dockery went to the scene and requested backup from KSP.

“A lady came out of the trailer, followed by a black male,” said Chief Johnson. “She said she was up there trying to get her family’s money back and she saw one of the boys with a gun.”

The Chief said six people were inside the mobile home but no weapon was found.

“We couldn’t get a straight answer from anyone,” he said. “But nobody held anyone against their will.”

City police were called a couple more times to the mobile home that evening, he said. 

Later, Officer Brandon Casey and two Troopers responded to a report of a drive-by shooting at the residence.

“They were looking for a vehicle and to see if anyone was injured,” Chief Johnson said. “They knocked on the door and (those inside) refused to open the door. They said, ‘go get a search warrant.’”

The officers reported the odor of marijuana coming from the residence and were able to get the search warrant. When they returned with the document in hand, the people inside the home “still refused to open the door.” The officers broke the glass to gain entry, according to Chief Johnson.

Officer Casey found a .38 revolver with Donzell Johnson’s billfold in a vent, narcotics, scales and numerous tools with another man’s name on them. The man, who had reported the items stolen, was planning to stop by the police station to identify them.

The revolver had two spent cartridges, Chief Johnson said. Three had not been fired.

Donzell Johnson was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center.