On June 20, investigators released the names of those involved in the fatal shooting in the Bonnyman community of Perry County on June 10. The shooting left one man dead and a Kentucky State Police Trooper injured.
Kentucky State Police Post 13 troopers and a Perry County Sheriff’s deputy exchanged gunfire with a man at his residence on Hull School Road, according to Master Trooper Jody Sims, KSP Post 13 public affairs officer. Initially, Sims said, KSP troopers, KSP Drug Enforcement Special Investigations (DESI) East Interdiction Team and deputies from the Perry County Sheriff’s Office had responded to Hull School Road in an attempt to execute a search warrant at a residence. Upon arrival, troopers and officers observed suspected drug activity by five individuals outside of a neighboring residence, said Sims. They immediately ran inside the residence from which a loud sound was heard that was thought to be a gunshot, Sims said.
After a brief negotiation, three of the five individuals came outside and were detained, said Sims. With no additional communication with the remaining occupants, Sims said, officers shifted their attention to the original home to execute the search warrant.
Sims said that, after an extended period of time, the two remaining individuals ran outside and were confronted by troopers and a deputy. One of the individuals was armed with a gun and was given verbal commands to drop the weapon, said Sims. The individual, Sims said, refused to comply and gunfire was exchanged between a KSP trooper, a PCSO deputy and a man at his residence.
During the confrontation, Sims said, Zendall Noble, 58, of Bonnyman, was fatally wounded while KSP Trooper Brad Martin sustained a gunshot wound to the leg.
Trooper Martin, a five year veteran of KSP, and Trooper Ronnie Long, a 24 year veteran, were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure following a deadly force incident, said Sims. Deputy Kevin Day, a seven year veteran with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, was also placed on administrative leave, said Sims.
This incident remains under investigation by Sgt. Randy Combs with the KSP Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), said Sims.