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Man who was shot at Circle K in Centerfield speaks out

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By Amanda Manning

 The bonds for two Oldham County residents that were arrested in connection with a shooting and robbery at the Circle K gas station in Centerfield on April 11 will remain the same.

Oldham County Police have charged Austin Ransdell, 18, with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence and Andrew Tetidrick, 19, with first-degree robbery and assault.

Police say Ransdell shot a man at the Circle K around 3 a.m. that morning after he tried to stop him from stealing a case of beer. Both Ransdell and Tetidrick are under the legal drinking age.

Ransdell and Tetidrick appeared in Oldham County District Court today via video arraignment and entered not guilty pleas.

“It’s a serious offense, I’d like to leave the bond like it is your honor,” Assistant County Attorney Travis Combs said.

Judge Diane Wheeler said both of their bonds will remain at $50,000 and appointed them each public defenders.

“At the preliminary hearing, I feel certain your counsel will ask the court to review your bond, we’ll have the officer here, we’ll have the victim here, and we’ll be in the better position to assess whether I do reduce your bond or not,” Wheeler said.

Both men remain housed in the Oldham County Detention Center at the time of press. They are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on April 24 at 1 p.m.

What happened?

The Oldham Era spoke to the man who was shot, 26-year-old Michael Kaegin, who said he believes the men should not be released from jail. 

“I don’t think they should have a bond whatsoever. They were in their right mind the entire time,” he said. “They had it planned out what they were going to do.”

Kaegin's uncle is the clerk at the Circle K. He said that after the gas station was robbed last year, he has hung around with his uncle every night to keep watch. 

Police said when Kaegin and his uncle confronted Ransdell at the entrance during the robbery, he then showed them a handgun and tried to run past Kaegin.

Kaegin then grabbed Ransdell, who then turned and shot him before fleeing on foot.

“It did hurt, it felt like I got burned real bad,” Kaegin said. “I asked my uncle, ‘did I get shot?’ He said, ‘yeah, you’ve been shot.’ A couple of minutes after that was throbbing pain.”

Kaegin suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was transported to University Hospital in Louisville with non-life-threatening injuries.

He said the shooting wasn’t by mistake.

“It wasn’t an accident. The gun was loaded and cocked,” Kaegin said. “He was planning on using it.”

Police said they captured one of the men through a search warrant and the other during a traffic stop.

“The warrant was executed by the Oldham County Special Response team who arrested Mr. Ransdell at that time,” Oldham County Police said in a news release.

Ransdell had buried the gun that was used in the robbery. Police later recovered the firearm during that search.

Tetidrick was arrested in Centerfield during a traffic stop after police spotted his car which had been used in the robbery.

Kaegin said he was impressed with how quickly Oldham County Police arrested Tetidrick and Ransdell.

Ransdell allegedly shot the customer, and Tetidrick was the getaway driver, according to the arrest citation.

 “During the daytime in Centerfield, it does feel safe but you’re there at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning, it’s a whole different ballgame,” Kaegin said.

 “It just shows what a sick world we’re in now that you’ve got to almost kill somebody just for beer.”