Murray man accused of throwing ‘Molotov Cocktail’ at Murray State University students

Mark T. Epperson (Source: KSP)
Mark T. Epperson (Source: KSP)

MURRAY, Ky. (KBSI) – A Murray man faces charges after Kentucky State Police say he threw a “Molotov Cocktail” style explosive in the direction of a group of students near a housing complex at the southwest corner of the Murray State University campus.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, a man approached several female students congregated near a housing complex at the southwest corner of the Murray State campus.

Witnesses saw a man throw a “Molotov Cocktail” style explosive in the direction of the students, according to Kentucky State Police.

The man suffered burns to his hands before leaving the area in a vehicle.

None of the female students were injured.

KSP with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, conducted an investigation and developed a suspect.

After conducting numerous interviews and collecting various items of physical evidence, Kentucky State Police located Jack T. Epperson, 19, of Murray.

Epperson was treated for burn injuries at Murray Calloway County Hospital and later taken to the Calloway County Detention Center.

He faces two counts of attempted assault 1st and one count of possession of a destructive device. Both charges are felony offenses.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are conducting a separate investigation relating to the destructive device.

Kentucky State Police continue to investigate. Troopers and agents were assisted by officers with the Murray State University Police and the Murray Police Department and the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office.

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