Autopsy reveals Breckinridge Co. suspect died from detective's gunshot


by WHAS11

Posted on April 4, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 4 at 2:50 PM

HARNED, Ky. (WHAS11/PRESS RELEASE) -- The preliminary autopsy report on Brice T. Horn revealed that he died from a gunshot wound that was not self-inflicted.  The Task Force Officer involved in Monday's  shooting was Detective Scott McMichael. 

Detective McMichael is retired from the Kentucky State Police.  He is working for the Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Dept. and is attached to the KSP Drug Enforcement Special Investigations West as a Task Force Officer.  According to KSP standard procedure, McMichael has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting.

Detective McMichael and a Breckinridge County Deputy Sherand a  were attempting to conduct a drug investigation at the 1000 block of KY 259 in Breckinridge County that led to the death of a man in Harned, Ky.  

The man has been identified as 46-year-old Brice T. Horn.  According to his family, Horn is originally from Louisville, but moved to Harned several years ago.

The officers identified themselves to the female resident in the 1000 block of KY 259 and told her why they were there. A male was also inside the residence at the time. The Task Force Officer spotted materials in the residence that were consistent with items used in the production of methamphetamines.  
Police say the male subject went to the kitchen area to get a drink but instead ran out the back door with the sheriff’s deputy in pursuit.  The suspect jumped a fence and fell to the ground as the sheriff’s deputy tased the male suspect with no effect.  The suspect was able to pull the probes out as he ran towards a mobile home a few hundred feet from the initial residence.  

The suspect ran into the mobile home and locked the back door.  It was a few moments later that the Deputy reported hearing a gunshot from inside the home.  The Task Force Officer then ran down to the mobile home and entered the front portion. He was met by three individuals in the front part of the home where he identified himself as a police officer to the three people.  

Police say the suspect then came from a room where he had a gun pointed at his own head and told the Task Force Officer that he was going to kill himself.  The Task Force Officer continued to tell him to put the gun down in which he refused.  It was then that the suspect fired a shot.  

Police report it was not clear whether the suspect had shot himself or whether the bullet grazed him, but the suspect was still able to speak.  What is clear is that the suspect then raised the gun from his head and the Task Force Officer returned fire as the suspect retreated into a room and fell to the floor.  

The suspect was examined by Breckinridge County EMS where it was determined that he had so signs of life.  This investigation is ongoing and more details will be released once they are made available.