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Trooper Involved Shooting In Bell County

Date of News Release: 10/01/2006

(PINEVILLE, KY) On 10/01/2006 at 6:00 p.m., troopers from Post 10 Harlan responded to a call for assistance by Pineville PD that Errol B. Turner, age 78 of Pineville, Ky., was threatening his neighbors with a shotgun. When the troopers arrived, Mr. Turner began brandishing his shotgun in a threatening manner and then walked toward the troopers and discharged his gun at them. Trooper Jeremy Lee, George Howard and Lieutenant P.J. Burnett returned fire, fatally shooting Mr. Turner. Bell County Coroner Clyde Creech pronounced Mr. Turner dead at the scene. Pursuant to KSP policy, Trooper Jeremy Lee, George Howard and Lieutenant P.J. Burnett will be on administrative duty pending internal investigation. This incident is still under investigation by Lieutenant Eric Smith Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan.

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