By Brent Schanding
Landmark News Service
Kentucky State Police troopers and paramedics wrestled an ailing man believed to be homeless Tuesday morning, after they say he entered a Pendleton gas station and made threats to cashiers, who urged him to seek medical help.
The man, who is believed to be in his 50s, couldn't be identified by press time. He apparently had been sleeping under the Interstate 71 underpass after being released from a Louisville hospital, according to reports from emergency responders on the scene.
The man, who officials said appeared mentally unstable, reportedly entered the Pilot Travel Center around 8 a.m. Tuesday and became violent with employees shortly after. A cashier at the Pilot station, just south of exit 28 on I-71, reported the man's leg was exposed and appeared black and rotten. The decaying wound, which appeared to be infected with gangrene, smelled like smoke, the cashier said. The man also suffered burns on his hands, according to officials.
The man reportedly fled the Pilot station, making violent threats to several after employees urged him to seek treatment for his injuries, according to reports.
Henry County EMS Director Scott McClamroch said the man evaded and resisted Kentucky State Police and emergency personnel, who eventually coerced the man to get help.
"He was pretty combative and upset," McClamroch said.
Troopers escorted paramedics and the man to University Hospital in Louisville, McClamroch said, for added safety precautions.
"When we have patients like that we're going to take police with us," he said.
Traffic was slowed for about an hour near the interchange during the incident. It was unclear by press time if the man faces criminal charge. The man's medical condition could also not be verified by press time.
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