UPDATE: Frankfort officers involved in deadly Mayfield shooting named

KSP: Man approached with weapon, started shooting

UPDATE POSTED 2 P.M. JAN. 31, 2022

MAYFIELD, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Jan. 5, 2022 at approximately 3:30 am CST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 1 was requested to investigate and officer-involved shooting that occurred in Graves County.

KSP Post 1 detectives, with the assistance of the KSP Critical Incident Response Team, have conducted all necessary interviews of vital witnesses and officers involved. At this time, KSP is able to release findings from the preliminary investigation, which reveals that two officers from Frankfort Police Department, who were in the area to assist local agencies with the aftermath of the recent December tornadoes and severe weather system, were conducting extra patrol at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds.

A subject, who has been identified as Tony Edwards, 53-year-old male of Mayfield, approached the officers. Edwards then presented a firearm and began shooting in the direction of the officers. The officers returned fire, striking Edwards. Edwards was transported by Mayfield-Graves County EMS to Jackson Purchase Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy was conducted on Edwards on Jan. 6, 2022 at the Western Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville. The autopsy revealed that his cause of death was from a gunshot wound.

The officers from Frankfort Police Department have been identified as Officer Michael Martin who has served with the agency for just over one year and Detective David Ingle who has served with the agency for approximately 15 years.

The investigation is ongoing by KSP Detective Brian Hill.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 6 P.M. JAN. 5, 2022

MAYFIELD, Ky. (WTVQ) – Frankfort Police officers in Mayfield helping with security during the tornado response and recovery fatally shot a man early Wednesday morning, according to the Kentucky State Police.

Troopers said the incident happened at about 3:30 a.m. Jan. 5 in Graves County as Frankfort officers were conducting extra patrol at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds during the overnight hours when the fairgrounds were closed to the public.

A subject, armed with a firearm, approached officers and fired multiple shots in their direction, the KSP said, and Frankfort Police Department officers returned fire. The man subject was taken by Mayfield-Graves County EMS to Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield where he was pronounced dead by the Graves County Coroner.

At the request of the Frankfort Police Department, KSP Post 1 and the KSP Critical Incident Response Team responded to the scene and the investigation remains ongoing.

The man nor the officers involved have been identified.

The fairgrounds has been the distribution point for supplies for tornado victims and has seen significant looting, prompting the extra security.

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