Armed Man that Forced way into a Residence, Assaulted Victim, Set Home on Fire and Fled on Foot, Arrested Wednesday in Bell County, Kentucky 

PINEVILLE, KY - Bell County KY Sheriff's Department is reporting that at 7:28 P.M. on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, Bell County Dispatch received a call from the mother of the ex-girlfriend of 48 year-old Kenneth Brock of Pineville.

The woman stated that Brock was on the property with a gun and was making forced entry into the residence. While multiple deputies were responding to the residence on Joe E. Dell Road, the woman was being physically assaulted by and shot at by Brock.

The victim's mother called back to Dispatch stating that the home had been set on fire by Brock and he had fled the scene on foot. Dispatch then paged the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department to the scene. The home was a total loss.

Before arriving at the location, responding deputies saw Brock walking in the woods carrying the shotgun mentioned in the initial call. He was then taken into custody and returned to the scene for further questioning, which revealed a "no contact" order against him in regard to the victim.

While the victim and other family members were able to get out of the home uninjured from the fire, the woman did sustain multiple injuries from the assault.

She was treated on scene by Bell County EMS, and transported to a hospital. 


Brock was transported to the Bell County Detention Center.

Kenneth Brock was charged with:

  • arson - 1st degree
  • Fleeing or evading police - 1st degree (on foot)
  • Wanton endangerment - 1st degree
  • Assault - 2nd degree - domestic violence
  • Menacing
  • Burglary - 1st degree
  • Resisting arrest
  • Disorderly conduct - 2nd degree
  • Alcohol intoxication in a public place 1st and 2nd offense

Brock was additionaly charged on Thursday, April 13, 2023 with:

  • Criminal Mischief 2nd degree

This individual was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center. No bond has been set as of this publication.

Photo of the accused is courtesy of the Bell County Detention Center.

Photo of the scene is from the Bell County KY Sheriff's Department.

Deputy Austin Poindexter is in charge of this investigation.

Also responding were deputies Sgt. Frank Foster, K-9 Sgt. Adam Southern, Major Edwards, Samson Churchwell, Keith Fuson, Alan Sanders, and Ricky Dorton.


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