KSP: Man murdered wife and cousin before being shot to death by deputies

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WAYNE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – State Police say a Wayne County man shot his wife and cousin to death before firing at sheriff’s deputies, who returned fire, killing him.

Investigators say it happened shortly after 9:00 p.m. Friday, October 13, in the 6000 block of East Highway 92 in the Oil Valley community of Wayne County.

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State Police say 57-year old Paul Dolen, of Monticello, shot and killed his wife, 55-year old Sandra Dolen, of Monticello, in their home.  They say he went to a home nearby and shot his cousin to death, 62-year old Russell Dolen, of Monticello.

Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies say when they arrived on the scene, they found Paul Dolen in a barn on the family property armed with two handguns and a rifle.  The deputies say Dolen fired shots in their direction, who returned fire, striking Dolen and killing him.

The two deputies were not injured, according to KSP.  They were both placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.



Investigators say there was no obvious motive for the killings, which remain under investigation.

All three bodies were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for autopsies, according to State Police.