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Kentucky State Police Trooper Josh Howard is shown near a vehicle with several visible bullet holes at shooting at Lynch on Friday night.
The Kentucky State Police issued this press release today in reference to the shooting at Lynch:
On Friday April 5, 2013 at approximately 9:45 p.m. Lynch Police Dept in Harlan County responded to a domestic disturbance located on West Main Street.
Upon arrival a male subject was indentified sitting inside of a vehicle outside of the residence. The officer with the Lynch Police Department approached the vehicle and observed that the male subject was aiming a shotgun at him. The officer then discharged his service weapon at the perpetrator, striking him multiple times. The suspect was then taken into custody after KSP Post 10 troopers and Harlan County deputies arrived on the scene. He was transported from the scene by EMS and was later flown to Holston Valley for further treatment. His status at this time is unknown.
Sgt. Jackie Pickrell, with the Kentucky State Police, is currently conducting the investigation into the incident. Criminal charges are pending. No one else involved received any injuries. The suspect’s information will not be released until charges are filed.
An earlier report:
The Kentucky State Police is investigating a shooting at Lynch involving a police officer and a man, who was involved in an alleged domestic dispute.
Lynch Police Chief Mike Nunley said a Lynch police officer responded to an apparent domestic dispute on Rock Barn Alley around 10 p.m.
Upon arrival the officer encountered a man with a gun. After a brief conversation between the officer and the man, an exchange of gunfire engaged.
The officer requested assistance and Kentucky State Police troopers, Harlan County Sheriff deputies, Benham and Cumberland police officers responded.
Nunley said with the assistance of law enforcement responding, the man was taken into custody.
The man accused of exchanging gunfire with the Lynch police officer sustained a gunshot wound during the incident. He was transported by LifeCare Ambulance Service to Harlan ARH Hospital for treatment. He was later airlifted to a trauma center.
Nunley requested that the Kentucky State Police investigate the shooting.
State police detectives and troopers were still on the scene at 3 a.m. The names of those involved in the shooting will be reported after a press release has been prepared by the state police detective in charge of the investigation.