Two McCracken County teens were charged with throwing fireworks at the home of a sheriff's deputy early Monday morning.
A McCracken County deputy and his family were awakened by a loud noise at 3:40 a.m. The deputy said it sounded like an explosion or gunshot, but the family could not tell if the noise had come from inside or outside.
The deputy left the bedroom to check on the noise when he heard another sound like an explosion. He checked his security cameras and saw someone standing in the street lighting a firework. The person then threw it at the deputy’s house and it exploded close to the front door. It was later determined that three mortar rounds were thrown at the deputy’s home.
The deputy ran out the front door and chased the person through the neighborhood for about 200 yards while other units were sent to help. Deputies were able to see two men: one wearing white and black athletic shorts and one was shirtless.
A truck was seen later behind the health clinic on Metropolis Lake Road. Two men ran from the vehicle and Cody Duren, 18, of West Paducah and another young man stayed with the truck. It was obvious that Duran had been running through yards, and his clothes matched the description given by the deputy as the suspects fled his property.
A short time later, a vehicle with four young men passed Old Hall Road at about 5 a.m. One of them appeared to resemble a picture of one of the suspects that had been identified as Dakota Irvan, 18, of Paducah.
Irvan admitted to throwing one of the fireworks at the house and said that Duren threw two fireworks. Duren also admitted to throwing fireworks at the house. Deputies discovered marijuana and alcohol during the investigation.
Security video shows Duren and Irvan walking on the roadway into the deputy's neighborhood, then lighting three different mortar rounds and throwing them at the residence. The mortar rounds caused pieces of brick to blow off the house along with other damages.
One of the rounds actually landed on the rooftop. No one was injured and no fire was started by the fireworks.
Both teens were arrested and transported to the McCracken County Regional Jail without further incident. Sheriff Matt Carter said Monday the suspects knew the residence was a deputy's home, but they had no prior run-ins with the deputy who lived there.
Duren was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol by a minor.
Irvan was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, disorderly conduct and second-degree fleeing or evading.