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KSP Investigating Shooting Death of Livingston County Deputy and Ledbetter Resident

Date of News Release: 06/03/2005

(Ledbetter, KY) Kentucky State Police are currently conducting an investigation of the shooting death of a Livingston County Deputy and a 48 year old Ledbetter resident. At approximately 11:21 PM McCracken County dispatch received a cellular 911 call and the call was transferred to Livingston County. The 911 caller was disconnected and McCracken County dispatch advised Livingston County dispatch of a domestic in progress at 347 Gillahan Road just east of Ledbetter, KY. Deputy Roger Lynch, age 51 arrived first on the scene at the Joseph Calender residence at 11:33 PM. Deputy Lynch proceeded into the residence at which time an altercation occurred between Deputy Lynch and Mr. Calender in the stairwell of the residence, shots were exchanged between the Deputy Lynch and Mr. Calendar. Both subjects died from injuries sustained in the exchange of the gunfire.

A second 911 call was received from Mrs. Calender, advising both subjects were shot at the residence. Approximately 3 minutes after the second 911 call, Trooper Daniel Jones arrived at the residence and located both Deputy Lynch and Mr. Calendar deceased. A teenage juvenile daughter was also injured in the leg during the altercation at this residence and was treated at Lourdes hospital. Deputy Roger Lynch was a five-year officer with the Livingston County Sheriff's Department and resided in Tiline, KY. There had been no previous calls to this residence. The investigation is continuing at this time with the Kentucky State Police.

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