One man is dead and a Kentucky State Police trooper injured following a confrontation Monday evening in the Bonnyman community of Perry County, according to state police
Master Trooper Jody Sims, KSP Post 13 public affairs officer, said that, on June 10, troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 13, KSP Drug Enforcement Special Investigations (DESI) East Interdiction Team and deputies from the Perry County Sheriff’s Office 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, Sims said. 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.
One trooper suffered a gunshot wound, while the armed individual involved in the exchange was fatally wounded, Sims said. The individual was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Perry County Coroner’s Office and has been transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The injured trooper was taken to the Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Treatment Center where he was admitted and then released earlier Tuesday morning, Sims said.
The KSP Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) responded to the scene to conduct an investigation into this incident. Sgt. Randy Combs, with KSP CIRT, is leading this investigation in collaboration with KSP Post 13 investigators.