Kentucky Man Arrested After Allegedly Shooting and Killing His Father With a Crossbow

Kentucky police have arrested a man who went on the run after allegedly hitting his sister on the head with a frying pan before killing his father with a crossbow.

Gerald Beavers III, 23, was detained by officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department yesterday after a public appeal warning he was considered "armed and dangerous." Beavers was captured at around 5 p.m. in the Buechel neighborhood, WHAS11 reported.

According to authorities, officers responded to an address at 7600 Petty Jay Court in Louisville at approximately 1 p.m. yesterday after receiving a report that a person had been shot with a crossbow.

When officers arrived at the scene they found a woman in her 20s who told them her brother, who was later identified as the prime suspect, had attacked her with the cooking pan before shooting their father with the weapon. It is unclear what sparked the altercation.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released, with police identifying him in a media release yesterday only as a 55-year-old white male. WAVE reported that the Jefferson County Coroner's Office is expected to confirm the name today.

According to police, Beavers fled the scene and was briefly on the run. Officials said he was suspected of driving a red 2018 Honda Civic that was missing a side mirror. They said he was likely armed with the crossbow and potentially heading in the direction of North Carolina.

"He should be considered armed and dangerous," officials warned. "Do not approach him, call 911 and be as descriptive as possible (clothing, direction of travel, etc). Beavers' arrest was confirmed using inmate records published by Louisville Metro Department of Corrections.

WHAS11 reported the victim was employed as a director of a veteran aid non-profit called USA Cares, which provides "financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 active duty U.S. military service personnel, veterans and their families," according to its website.

The man remains listed on its staff page.

USA Cares president and chief executive officer Trace Chesser told WHAS11 in a statement: "Not only was [he] an employee of USA Cares, but he was also a lifelong friend.

"We went to school together, served in the Army together, and worked at several organizations together. Right before he joined USA Cares, he expressed to me that working with veterans and being able to create positive change in their lives was truly a dream job for him.

Chesser added: "I am thankful that he had the opportunity to do exactly that, and he will be missed dearly by all of us at USA Cares and by those who were blessed to know him."

Speaking to WAVE yesterday, Petty Jay Court residents expressed shock at the death. "I just grew up across the street from him all my life," neighbor Cameron DeGeorge told the station. "It's definitely kind of crazy for sure. It's a sad thing that happened to a good family." ​

Gerald Beavers III
Gerald Beavers III, 23, was detained by officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department yesterday after a public appeal warning he was considered “armed and dangerous.” Louisville Metro Police Department