Burglary suspect dies in standoff with police

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Kentucky State Police investigating

By Sarah Bennett

A suspect in a police standoff died Wednesday just hours after Radcliff investigators responded to his Seminole Road apartment to interview him about a burglary.

Officials did not release the man’s name Wednesday night. Because Radcliff police are involved in the shooting, Kentucky State Police will handle the investigation.

Bryce Shumate, spokesman for Radcliff Police Department, said the man was a suspect in a burglary at Foxwood Apartments at 630 Seminole Road — the same complex where he lived.

When Radcliff investigators initially spoke with him Wednesday, they asked the man to come to the police department for questioning, Shumate said. The suspect told officers he first needed to retrieve his shoes.

Officers followed the suspect to his first-floor apartment, Shumate said. While he was inside, police said he retrieved a weapon and opened fire on the officers.

After the man fired shots, officers returned fire, Police Chief Jeff Cross said.

Radcliff Sgt. Jeremy Davis was struck by a bullet in the ankle, Cross said, but the bullet did not penetrate his boot. The sergeant was not injured and continued to work Wednesday night’s cold and misty scene.

Residents in the eight-unit apartment building and nearby residential neighborhood were evacuated while officers from Radcliff, Vine Grove, Kentucky State Police responded. Radcliff Fire Department, Hardin County EMS and KSP’s Special Response Team were present.

After repeatedly being unable to get a response from the suspect, officers broke a rear window and entered the apartment. The man was found dead, alone in the residence.

No other injuries were reported and the suspect was the only occupant inside the building when police entered.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com. Ben Sheroan can be reached at (270) 505-1764 or bsheroan@thenewsenterprise.com.