A Richmond, Ky man entered a guilty plea on Friday to the charges of 1st degree wanton endangerment and possession of a hand gun by a convicted felon stemming from a January shooting in Johnson Co. Tatarekoda Baxter age 47 was one of two men involved in a January shooting in the Meally community of Johnson Co. According to the original news release, on Wednesday, January 3, Johnson Co. Sheriff Deputy Jesse Mullins responded to a call of a vehicle that had wrecked into a ditch at the Meally Church of Christ. The caller had advised dispatch that they heard gun shots and could see two men running around the vehicles chasing each other with what they believed to be handguns. Upon Deputy Mullins arrival, both suspects were still on scene and armed with handguns. Deputy Mullins detained both individuals for further investigation. The two individuals were identified as Jonathan Mayhan of Hager Hill and Tatarkoda Baxter of Richmond, Ky. During investigation Deputy Mullins was advised that Mayhan and Baxter had been following each other all day making threats to each other. Mullins was advised by both individuals that Baxter had followed Mayhan from Paintsville at a hair salon to the Meally Church of Christ.
Baxter advised when Mayhan pulled into the church parking lot, Mayhan immediately exited the vehicle and fired shots from a handgun at him causing him to drive his vehicle into a ditch. Mayhan advised he did fire shots from a handgun at Baxter, but advised Deputy Mullins that Baxter attempted to run over him with his car first. From that point Deputy Mullins was advised that Baxter then armed himself with his handgun and chased after Mayhan in the church parking lot. Both Mayhan and Baxter were arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. The date for final sentencing in Baxter’s case has been set for Oct 19.