Attempted murder of deputy case heads to grand jury

The case of Bradley Dunning, the man charged with attempted murder of a Christian County Sheriff’s sergeant, now heads to the grand jury following a preliminary hearing Monday.

The hearing took place via Zoom conferencing in the District Courtroom of Judge Foster Cotthoff, with CCSO Sgt. Brandon Myers testifying to what occurred on the night of June 13.  Sgt. Myers told the court he had been in the area of the Eagle Way Bypass and the Pennyrile Parkway interchange when he saw the taillights of a four wheeler in a fence row.  He says he stopped to check on the vehicle and made contact with Dunning, who allegedly told him he had been in a wreck.

He says he discovered Dunning had an arrest warrant and became suspicious, which is when he attempted to run the VIN number on the four wheeler.

While reading the 17 digit number, Sgt. Myers says he heard three clicks and when he looked up, Dunning had a revolver pointed at his head.

Dunning allegedly admitted to stealing the ATV from Tie Breaker Park and that he had left a vehicle stolen out of Princeton in that area.  Sgt. Myers told the court that Dunning said he wished that Sgt. Myers had killed him.

There were reportedly five rounds in the revolver that did not fire. Judge Cotthoff determined there was probable cause and sent the case on to the grand jury for consideration—Dunning remains lodged in the Christian County Jail on a $500,000 bond. He is charged with attempted murder of a police officer, third-degree burglary, felony receiving stolen property, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and criminal mischief.