TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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Shooting Investigation in McCreary County
Date of News Release: 12/25/2007
(London, KY) - On Monday, December 24, 2007, approximately 10:03 PM the McCreary County 911 Center received a report of an armed robbery at a residence on Cal Hill Road in the Pine Knot Community of McCreary County. Officers from the Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London and the McCreary County Sheriff's Office responded to the area to search for the suspect's vehicle. Upon locating the vehicle on East Highway 1470 officers conducted a traffic stop. The male suspect exited the driver's side of the vehicle armed with a handgun and began moving toward officers. Several verbal commands were given to him to disarm himself at which time the suspect pointed the handgun at officers. Trooper Tony Dingess and Sheriff Gus Skinner then fired their weapons wounding the suspect. The suspect is identified as Mickey Shane Stephens, 31, of Pine Knot, KY. Stephens was airlifted from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment. Charges of Wanton Endangerment 1ST Degree on a police officer (5 counts) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (1 count) are pending. Pursuant to KSP Policy Trooper Dingess, a 4-year veteran will be on paid administrative leave pending an Internal Investigation. Assisting Trooper Dingess and Sheriff Skinner at the scene were Deputies Ryan Hughes and Kenneth J. Shepherd, Jr. and KSP Trooper Shaler Jones. The investigation continues.