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Sheriff’s daughter faces attempted-murder charge

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Zemer Hammond says he sought treatment for his daughter following attempted shooting

By John Whitlock

The daughter of Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond has been arrested after she allegedly attempted to shoot her father.
Heather Hammond, 37, was arrested Thursday by Kentucky State Police Post 5 Trooper Dave Roberts.
According to a press release, preliminary investigation shows Heather Hammond allegedly pointed a loaded weapon at her father while at his home in Corinth.
When she attempted to shoot, the weapon jammed and would not fire.
Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Brad Arterburn said the incident reportedly took place Oct. 5, but was not disclosed until a later date.
Heather Hammond is being charged with attempted murder and wanton endangerment.
According to the Carroll County Detention Center’s website, where she is being lodged, she is also charged with disorderly conduct.
Zemer Hammond said it appears his daughter had a “mental breakdown.”
“She has had some problems,” Zemer Hammond said. “That’s why she was on administrative leave (from her position at the Owen County Sheriff’s Department).
Zemer Hammond said his daughter didn’t seem fixated on or angry about a single issue at the time of the attempt on his life Oct. 5.
“There didn’t seem to be anything wrong in particular,” Zemer Hammond said.
Following the incident at his home, the sheriff immediately sought medical treatment for his daughter.
“I took her to Saint Luke’s (Hospital in Florence) and had her held for 72 hours,” Zemer Hammond said.
After she was held for 72 hours, Heather Hammond was released.
Zemer Hammond said the time at Saint Luke’s didn’t seem to alter her state of mind.
“It didn’t help,” the sheriff said. “She hadn’t gotten any better. At that point, we didn’t have a choice.”
The sheriff contacted the Kentucky State Police on Oct. 11 and reported the incident in hopes she could get treatment.
“I just want her to get better, like any parent in this situation,” Zemer Hammond said. “I want her to get back to the place she was.”
Trooper Roberts is leading the ongoing investigation.
Zemer Hammond’s son, Joshua Hammond, was arrested and charged with murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence after he and two other men allegedly strangled a Frankfort man to death before dumping his body along the Interstate 64 east-bound ramp at U.S. 127 in Frankfort.
Joshua Hammond is lodged at the Franklin County Regional Jail on a $500,000 full cash bond.