Coroner: Burglary suspect died of self-inflicted gunshot

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State police investigating officer-involved shooting

By Sarah Bennett

A Radcliff man who opened fire on police officers Wednesday night at a Seminole Road apartment building died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials say.

Michael Strand, 47, was found dead inside his residence less than two hours after Radcliff police arrived at Foxwood Apartments to investigate a burglary in which Strand was considered a suspect.

Because Radcliff police were involved in the shooting, Kentucky State Police Post 4 is investigating.

According to police, three Radcliff officers — Officer Terry Moore, Sgt. Jeremy Davis and Sgt. Joe Gonzales — responded to a burglary report at Apartment 3 of the eight-unit complex. Strand lived in Apartment 4.

When officers asked Strand to accompany them to the police department for questioning, he said he needed to retrieve his shoes, RPD spokesman Bryce Shumate said. While inside, Strand picked up a weapon and gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and Moore, according to state police.

On Wednesday, Radcliff Police Chief Jeff Cross said Strand fired first and Moore returned fire.

Post 4 spokesman Norman Chaffins said state police were investigating the situation at RPD’s request and would not release details such as who fired first or how many shots were fired until the probe’s completion.

“We want to get all of our ducks in a row,” Chaffins said. “We want to make sure we get it right.”

Hardin County Coroner Dr. Bill Lee said preliminary autopsy results indicate Strand was not injured by police fire.

A full autopsy report will not be available for a few weeks, Lee said, but preliminary results indicate the gunshot wound was self inflicted.

Strandis survived by his wife and three children.

Funeral arrangements for Strand were incomplete Thursday afternoon at Manakee Funeral Home in Elizabethtown.

Asked about the timeline of events, Chaffins confirmed Radcliff police contacted Post 4 at 6:25 p.m. regarding the shooting. However, he said conflicting reports have been made in the media regarding the timing of events.

“We won’t release those details until we’re certain,” the trooper said.

Shumate said Moore, Davis and Gonzales have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is the department’s policy concerning officer-involved shootings. The officers also will see a crisis counselor, he said.

Davissustained a minor foot injury during the shooting.

Gonzales and Moore were not injured.

Davis and Gonzales are 6½-year veterans of the Radcliff department, according to state police. Moore is a retired KSP trooper and has been with RPD for 2½ years.

Radcliff and state police were assisted Wednesday night by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Vine Grove Police Department, Radcliff Fire Department and Hardin County EMS.

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