Off-duty deputy fatally shoots suspect after chase in Powell County

Officials say man tried to disarm deputy sheriff
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Posted at 11:02 PM, Jul 09, 2019

POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky State Police were investigating after a suspect was shot dead Tuesday night by an off-duty Powell County deputy sheriff after a chase.

Authorities said the shooting happened before 8 p.m. along Ashley Hollow Road. Police have not identified the dead suspect.

State police said area police were looking for a vehicle that had been involved in a chase. That's when, they say, an off-duty deputy sheriff spotted the vehicle and "made contact with a male subject who was operating this vehicle."

"After a brief struggle, the subject attempted to disarm the deputy sheriff," a state police statement says. "The deputy sheriff, during the struggle, discharged his agency-issued firearm, fatally striking the subject."

Powell County Deputy Coroner Tommy Mays pronounced the man dead.

The case remains under investigation.