Fugitive ex-soldier Shannon Vince Gilday was arrested and charged with murdering daughter of Kentucky politician in home invasion on Feb 22
Arrested early Monday morning near Richmond Gilday, 23, is accused of breaking into former state Rep C. Wesley Morgan’s home last week and killing his daughter Jordan while she was in bed
Gilday has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Jordan Morgan, a 32-year-old lawyer, burglary and other charges
The suspect’s mother said her son was not of ‘sound mind’ and believed ‘nuclear war is imminent’
Sources say he was interested in Wes Morgan’s elaborate underground bunker
The shelter, 26 feet underground, was built after Barack Obama became president
Gilday joined the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, (ROTC), while studying Bioengineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa
The cadet is believed to have fled the state while under pressure to pay a drug dealer he owed money
Gilday eventually joined the military in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he was jailed for attacking another soldier
A former soldier on the run for nearly a week after he was accused of breaking into the fortified mansion of a former Kentucky state representative and killing his daughter was arrested early Monday morning. Shannon Vince Gilday, 23, was found walking down a street near Richmond and arrested at about 4.30am by a Madison County Sheriff’s Office deputy, according to Kentucky State Police.
Police released a mug shot of the bespectacled Gilday on Monday wearing a prison-issued orange jumpsuit but did not reveal how they were able to find him after he avoided capture since the February 22 incident.
He was charged with murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree assault, and two counts of attempted murder.
Gilday allegedly broke into the home of former state representative Wesley Morgan, 71, at about 4am armed with a rifle. He shot and killed Morgan’s daughter Jordan, 32, while she was in bed and later exchanged gunfire with her father, who was injured along with his wife, police said.
Gilday’s mother wrote on Facebook that her son was not of ‘sound mind’ and was ‘distraught with the certainty a nuclear war is imminent.’
It is believed that Gilday may have been interested in Morgan’s home because of its elaborate underground shelter, which Morgan, a Republican, had built when Barack Obama became president.
His mother, Katie, detailed her son’s delusions in a Facebook post advising him to turn himself in so he can get the help he needs.
‘He spoke of building a bunker and the CIA following him,’ she wrote.
‘I tried to get him psychiatric help but to no avail.’
Police reportedly, were tipped off about Gilday by a neighbor who recalled him showing off the real estate listing to Morgan’s home and saying he would kill all inside.
The listing boasted of a shelter 26-feet underground with a 39-inch solid concrete ceiling and 15-inch walls.
‘This is reported to be the most secure home on the market in this country,’ the realtors wrote.
‘It is built to withstand a Seismic 12 earthquake, has 3 air filtrations from Switzerland and 2 escape tunnels, one is approximately 100 yards long.’
But all the security in the world couldn’t keep Gilday out. He reportedly smashed a rear ground-floor window and clambered in.
Once inside, the burglar killed Jordan, 32, as she slept, shooting her ‘more than once’ where she lay, police said
Morgan and his wife were both injured when Morgan and Gilday exchanged fire during a ‘confrontation’ before the former Army soldier fled, police said.
Morgan has since been released from hospital and is expected to recover from his minor wounds, but in an emotional statement Wednesday, he said he will never get over the death of his first-born child.
Murder suspect Shannon Gilday once harbored ambitions of becoming a doctor in the army. He joined the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) while studying Bioengineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, according to social media.
Gilday wrote that he decided to join the Army ROTC because, he viewed it as, ‘one of the few bastions of chivalry and apolitical service to the people.’
He continued: ‘One of the aspects of Warrior Battalion I most particularly appreciate is the high standards it sets for its Cadets. We are always motivated to excel academically, athletically and as leaders.’
He said that his membership of the program had ‘pushed’ him to set ‘higher standards of discipline’ for himself and to ‘act honorably and respectfully’ among his peers.
The cadet left Hawaii under a cloud over money he owed a drug dealer but then joined the army in Fort Huachuca, Arizona where he ran into disciplinary problems after fighting another soldier’
Described as a loner, Gilday could be short tempered at times, his ROTC mentor said.
Before returning to Kentucky, Gilday joined the military in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he texted his mentor about being jailed for attacking another officer.
He went on to spend two months in military prison.