Shelbyville standoff suspect dies after shoot out with police


by Amy Stallings and Johnny Archer

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 27 at 8:53 AM

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SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kentucky State Police said a standoff in Shelbyville has ended.

Shelbyville Police were called out to a home on Gray Hill Court around 9 p.m. Tuesday. Police said they were trying to serve a warrant on a man at his home when he answered the door brandishing a gun. Officers established a perimeter and called in state police.

KSP negotiators tried to negotiate with the suspect peacefully by phone but the man did not comply. A unit was sent in to try and gain access to the home, but the barricaded man fired on officers, trooper said.
“State Police attempted to make entry into the residence,” Trooper Kendra Wilson with the Kentucky State Police said. “At that time the subject opened fire on officers. During that time officers returned fire. The subject was struck and killed.”

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene by the Shelby County coroner.

During the standoff the subject was in communication with Lee Miller, who was the subject’s friend for the past 40 years.
“He didn’t want to go to jail,” Miller said. “And I told him he was going to have to do something he didn’t want to do. He was going to have to come out with his hands up. He said he didn’t trust the police.”

After a nearly five-hour standoff things got much worse when police tried to enter the subject’s home.

Deana Bruner lives across the street from the standoff and was home with her two kids when she heard gunfire exchanged around 1:30 a.m.

“There was several of them [gun shots] for five or six minutes back and forth,” Bruner said. “Of course we didn’t go look. We were hiding in the back bedroom. Then it got quiet after that.”

“Why did we have to go in when there wasn’t any reason to?” Miller said. “It’s just a misdemeanor warrant. You can sit out there for a long time and waited him out.”

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