Two arrested after firing handgun at vehicle, child nearby

Note: A previous edition of this article indicated the child in question were inside the vehicle that had been shot toward. The child was not in that vehicle but nearby.

WCLU News regrets this error. 

TEMPLE HILL, Ky. – Two Barren County residents were arrested early Thursday after a woman shot a handgun at a vehicle.

The Barren County Sheriff’s Office said Marquitta Lessenberry, 35, and Christopher Thomason, 27, both of Glasgow, were arrested following an investigation where a firearm was discharged in Temple Hill on Wednesday evening.

Lessenberry and Thomason purportedly met at the Minute Mart in Temple Hill to conduct a child exchange. Lessenberry’s estranged husband was also present, according to a news release from the BCSO.

After Lessenberry’s husband had gotten into his vehicle, Thomason approached his car door with a handgun. He pointed the gun at Lessenberry’s husband.

It’s unclear why Thomason approached Lessenberry’s door with the gun.

The husband, who was not identified by the BCSO, opened his door and hit Thomason. Lessenberry approached the door at that time and pulled a handgun from a holster.

Lessenberry’s husband began to leave the parking lot while Lessenberry continued to point the gun at him. She fired a shot but missed.

Detective Mike Houchens said the child was not inside the vehicle when Lessenberry fired the gun toward her husband’s vehicle.

Thomason and Lessenberry left the store and went home, the news release said.

Authorities served a search warrant at their address. They were arrested.

Lessenberry faces charges relating to attempted murder (domestic violence), endangering the welfare of a minor, tampering with physical evidence, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, first degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, drug unspecified) and third degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified).

Thomason faces charges relating to first degree wanton endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor, tampering with physical evidence, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, first degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, drug unspecified/ enhanced) and first degree criminal mischief.

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