A former corrections officer at the South Central Regional Jail is now in custody after allegedly firing a gun during a domestic dispute Thursday morning in the Cross Lanes area.
Kanawha County Sheriff’s Dept. deputies say Gary Lacy, Jr., 35, of Cross Lanes had arranged a meeting with his wife Sara Lacy in the Cross Lanes Kroger parking lot. He wanted to tell his young children that he loved them. Sara Lacy had earlier in the day gotten a protective order against her husband.
Deputies say during the meeting Gary Lacy produced a handgun and fired it once as his wife and children fled the scene. They were not injured. Deputies say Gary Lacy also left the scene and allegedly threw the gun out in the Point Harmony Elementary school zone. It was recovered by police.
Police were alerted to the situation by Lacy’s mother who flagged them down near the school.
Gary Lacy was arrested after a traffic stop on Big Tyler Road. He has been charged with wanton endangerment. He’s being held on $25,000 bail.
Lacy lost his job at the South Central Regional Jail last Dec. after allegedly smuggling two cigarettes to an inmate.