Soldier shoots, kills man after domestic dispute


by WHAS11

Posted on April 28, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 30 at 11:37 AM

GUSTON, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Guston in Meade County, Kentucky is generally quiet, but a damaged Chevy Cobalt is a sign that something went terribly wrong.

Around 4 p.m. on Friday, Joshua Wemes,29, was found shot to death at the 1500 block of Berry-Cain Road.

Police say the problems started with a domestic dispute between Wemes and his girlfriend Toby Knott,37, at their mobile home.

After the dispute, Knott fled to her daughter's home next door. 

In pursuit of Knott, Wemes drove Knott’s 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt across the field and rammed the side of the trailer.  Wemes then exited the vehicle and kicked in the front door of the mobile home.

On the other side of that door was Knott's son-in-law, Quinton Phillips, 22, a Fort Knox soldier from Amarillo,Texas, and he was armed with a shotgun.

Police say Phillips fired one shot hitting Wemes in the stomach. Wemes succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Neighbor Jerry Schlatter has lived on this road for 32 years.

“It’s bad enough that somebody's shot. That upsets you,” said Schlatter. “It’s such a tragedy when someone passes because it’s always somebody's kid.”

Materials used to make meth were also found at the scene.

Police say Wemes took those materials out of the trunk and put them in the grass before ramming the car into Phillips' home.  Those materials were removed by a KSP Drug Task Force Officer and properly disposed.

Kentucky State Police say they do not plan to file any charges against Quinton Phillips.

Toby Knott, the alleged domestic dispute victim, was taken in for questioning, but has not been arrested on any drug-related charges.