A 52-year-old Leitchfield man is dead after being shot Wednesday by a Kentucky State Police trooper after he reportedly aimed a firearm at authorities.
A KSP statement says Kevin D. Jenkins had barricaded himself inside a Breckinridge County home and made threats of harm toward himself and others. He also reportedly was intoxicated and armed.
The Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Office had requested assistance from KSP Post 4 at 5:46 p.m. CDT Thursday. When troopers and sheriff's deputies arrived, the KSP statement said they were unsuccessful in making contact with Jenkins.
Troopers and deputies entered the residence and reportedly found him with a firearm. The KSP news release said Jenkins "refused verbal commands to put the weapon down and then pointed the firearm at the officers. At that time, one trooper fired his service weapon striking Jenkins."
Jenkins was transported by Breckinridge County Emergency Management to Ben Johnson Elementary School in the McDaniels area to be flown by emergency helicopter. Because his condition was critical, the flight was diverted to Breckinridge Memorial Hospital in Hardinsburg. Jenkins was taken there and died later at the hospital, according to police.
Jenkins’ body was transported Friday to the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
The trooper involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave for two weeks. The officer’s name was not released by KSP.
The KSP Critical Incident Response Team is leading the investigation.