May 23, 2012 4:35 AM
A Powell County man shot his ex-girlfriend and then fatally shot a bat-wielding woman trying to chase him away from another residence as he hunted for the first woman's new boyfriend Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
The suspect later shot himself in the head and was airlifted to a Lexington hospital, Kentucky State Police Trooper Endre Samu said. He was last reported in critical condition.
The shootings began in Stanton around 4:15 p.m. on Sipple Street when Randall Derickson, 51, argued with his former girlfriend, Lori Hall-Boswell, 35, about their breakup, Samu said.
"He just didn't want to accept it."
Police say Derickson shot Hall-Boswell once in the head with a .38 revolver outside her residence. EMS took her to Clark Regional Hospital and then to the UK Hospital. She was last listed in critical condition.
Derickson then drove to another neighborhood in search of Boswell's new boyfriend, who was not there at the time. Hearing the disturbance, a neighbor came outside wielding a baseball bat trying to protect the property, the trooper said.
"She's trying to chase him off."
Police say the woman, identified as Rhonda McIntosh Rogers, 35, was shot twice in the face and pronounced dead at the scene.
Derickson then drove back toward Boswell's property, but was stopped at a roadblock. While stopped, Derrickson brandished his weapon toward a Stanton police officer in a vehicle in front of him.
The officer fired two shots into Derrickson's windshield, but the suspect was not struck, Samu said.
Derickson then drove away at a high rate of speed headed back to Hall-Boswell's neighborhood, where he also lives, the trooper said. Derickson stopped short of his house, with police officers in pursuit. The suspect then shot himself in the head.
Derickson never fired at police. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Winchester and then was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, the trooper said.
Samu said he was not aware of any protective order taken out against Derickson. He said he didn't know when Hall had ended her relationship with Derickson.
Associated Press Wire Services Contributed To This Story.