Lexington Herald Leader—After months of trying to use the legal system to protect herself from her former fiancée, 29-year-old Amanda Ross was found shot to death early Friday outside her home in downtown Lexington.
Hours later, the man she feared, former state representative and one-time gubernatorial candidate Steve Nunn, was taken into police custody at the edge of the Hart County cemetery where his parents are buried.
Nunn had slit his wrists after placing mementos on his parents’ graves, officers said.
Nunn was charged with six counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer after police say he fired a .38-caliber handgun when officers began arriving at the cemetery. Nunn, 56, was listed in fair condition in a Bowling Green hospital late Friday.
Lt. Douglas Pape, Lexington police spokesman, said Nunn was a person that detectives “would like to talk to” in relation to Ross’s death.
No charges had been filed in the slaying as of late Friday.
There were no witnesses to the early-morning shooting, though neighbors in Ross’s gated townhome complex said they heard five shots fired and heard Ross scream.
Lexington police received a call about the shooting at Opera House Square Townhomes at 6:34 a.m. Officers arrived at 541 West Short Street minutes later and found Ross lying in the back corner of the parking lot.
After finding Ross, police had issued an alert to other police agencies for Nunn, who is the son of the late Gov. Louie B. Nunn and was a candidate for governor in 2003.
Profile of Steve Nunn
Profile of Amanda Ross
Statement from Amanda Ross’s family
Audio clip of Nunn in court in August
Summary of complaint against Nunn
Original EPO order against Nunn
Extended EPO order against Nunn
Contempt of court order
Amended domestic violence order
Nunn’s pre-trial order
Nunn pleads not guilty to domestic-violence charges
Former gov. candidate Nunn to face arraignment
Nunn resigns cabinet position