KSP Investigates officer involved shooting

Published 8:36 pm Saturday, October 9, 2021

News Release

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) has been requested by Middlesboro Police Department to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred at approximately 4:30 am EST on October 9 in Bell County.

At the request of the Middlesboro Police Department, KSP’s critical incident response team has arrived on the scene and the investigation into the incident remains ongoing. A male suspect was transported by Middlesboro EMS to Middlesboro ARH Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased by the Bell County Deputy Coroner. An autopsy has been scheduled by the Kentucky Office of the Medical Examiner in Frankfort.

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No officers or members of the community were injured during this incident.

KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates officer-involved shootings throughout the commonwealth as requested by local law enforcement agencies. KSP is committed to being transparent while ensuring the integrity of the investigation. To protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, it is KSP policy not to release specific details until vital witnesses have been interviewed and pertinent facts gathered.  Timelines to complete investigations vary based on the complexity of the case.