Police say they had to shoot him Sunday night. Troopers say the 33-year-old, who was wanted for burglary, was camped out along North Elkhorn Creek.
Investigators say they knew he was there after getting a tip. They say when they went to arrest him McKee pointed a gun at them. State police say officers shot him and he was taken to UK. No officers were hurt.
Those involved are on administrative leave while this is investigated which is routine whenever an officer is involved in a shooting.
"He’s made statements to a person, to a very reliable person that I talked to that he would not go alive if he encountered law enforcement, um, actually he would pretend to have a gun and make officers shoot him, so I think that that’s very important for that our community and our law enforcement community as well knows that."
That statement was made in 2012 by Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton. McKee had recently escaped jail in Louisville according to Hampton who advised McKee was armed and dangerous, on a streak of car thefts.
The sheriff’s words back then, proving true now, according to state police reports.
But 2012 is far from the beginning of McKee’s criminal history. A document from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office details a record starting in 2001. Drugs, burglary, theft, stolen property and criminal mischief charges litter McKee’s rap sheet, not to mention the warrants out for McKee from other agencies, served by Scott County.
Franklin County’s sheriff, Pat Melton says McKee was recently identified as the suspect in a strong-arm robbery at a gas station. All it took was a post to social media for folks to ID McKee.
Considering his condition in the hospital after being shot by police, the Scott County jail says McKee hasn’t been arrested or charged yet.