A manhunt and multi-county police pursuit ended early Wednesday morning with the death of an armed man shot and killed by a state trooper.
James Horton, 42, of Clarkson, was dead at the scene, according to the Hart County Coroner’s Office.
The case began just before 10 p.m. Tuesday with the shooting of a Breckinridge County sheriff’s deputy. During a traffic stop near Ben Johnson Elementary School in the McDaniels area, a motorist reportedly shot the deputy before fleeing on foot, a police statement said. The officer was flown from the shooting scene by emergency helicopter of University of Louisville Hospital where he was treated for injuries described as non-life threatening.
The Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Office, which contacted Kentucky State Police Post 4 for assistance in locating the suspect, said the suspect stole a pickup truck in the area.
Shortly after midnight, KSP troopers reported spotting the stolen vehicle in the Wax community of Grayson County and a pursuit began.
During the chase, the driver of the pickup reportedly fired multiple gunshots at law enforcement.
The pursuit continued into Hart County where the vehicle left the roadway north of Bonnieville. When the pursuit ended, the driver then exited the vehicle with a firearm and a trooper fired on the suspect.
The trooper firing the fatal shot has not been identified by police.
The investigation is being led by KSP’s Critical Incident Response Team.