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Officer Involved Shooting

Date of News Release: 12/29/2006

(Pikeville, Ky.) - On Friday, December 28, 2006 at 9:34 P.M. EST, Post 9-Pikeville, received a call for assistance from Pikeville Police Department and the Pike County Sheriff's Office regarding a pursuit of a possible armed robbery suspect on Town Mountain Road (KY 1426) in Pike County.

Kentucky State Police Troopers and Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officers entered the pursuit at the intersection of Town Mountain Road and U.S. 119. KSP units successfully deployed a tire deflation device. The suspect vehicle traveled a short distance on U.S. 119 before coming to a stop on northbound U.S. 23.

The driver, Misty A. Damron, age 32 of Elkhorn City, Kentucky, surrendered to authorities without further incident. The male passenger, John Michael Keen, age 26 of Elkhorn City, Kentucky, then moved to the driver seat as officers attempted to take him into custody. Mr. Keen failed to comply with officer's directions and reached for a weapon located in the passenger side of the vehicle, at which time, Kentucky State Trooper Chris Phillips and Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer Keith Justice fired their weapons. Mr. Keen was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pike County Coroner Russell Roberts at 10:55 PM EST. An autopsy has been scheduled.

Pikeville Police Department charged Damron with two counts of Robbery 1st, Fleeing and Evading 1st, DUI 1st, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd, and Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug. Damron was lodged in the Pike County Detention Center.

Trooper Phillips received minor lacerations to his forearm during the arrest and was treated at the scene. Trooper Alfred Bunch received a minor injury to his eye during the arrest and was treated and released from Pikeville Hospital.

Pursuant to Kentucky State Police policy, Trooper Chris Phillips will be placed on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated. Trooper Phillips is a two year veteran of the Kentucky State Police.

Pursuant to Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement policy, Officer Keith Justice will be placed on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated. Officer Justice is a five-year veteran of the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement.

The Kentucky State Police was assisted on the scene by the following agencies: Pikeville Police Department, Pike County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Pike County Fire and EMS, and the Kentucky Department of Transportation.

The Kentucky State Police are continuing the investigation.

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