Suspect in SUV reported stolen in Lexington shot to death by Trooper

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man who State Police say was driving an SUV reported stolen from Lexington, was shot and killed by a Trooper in Daviess County Monday afternoon.

Investigators say the initial call was for a black Jeep Grand Cherokee doing  “donuts” in a muddy farm field on Hill Bridge Road around 4:30 p.m.

State Police say a Trooper and Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies found the SUV unoccupied at a home on Hill Bridge Road.  As they approached the home, they say a man ran out the back door of the house, got inside the SUV and aggressively sped away, throwing mud and debris on a sheriff’s deputy, according to KSP.

The man drove through muddy farm fields and eventually crashed the Jeep in a ditch and took off running, according to investigators.

The Trooper took a farm access road near the crash site and found the suspect.  Investigators say the Trooper confronted the man, who had a pistol in his hand.  The Trooper ordered the man to drop the gun, but the suspect didn’t comply with the order, according to KSP.

The suspect continued to walk toward the Trooper with the pistol in his hand.  As the man approached the Trooper, he pointed the gun at him at which time the Trooper fired his department issued rifle, striking the suspect, according to State Police.

The Trooper and responding deputies began life-saving measures on the suspect immediately as medics were called to the scene, according to KSP.

Law enforcement gave the ambulance an escort to Owensboro Health, but the man died a short time later, according to investigators.

The suspect’s name wasn’t immediately available.  An autopsy is scheduled in Madisonville Tuesday morning, according to State Police.

The Trooper involved in the deadly shooting was not hurt.  The Trooper was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure when officers are involved in the use of force.  The Trooper’s name wasn’t released by KSP.

The Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is investigating.

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