TFC Billy Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 15, Columbia
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Clinton County Murder/Suicide
Date of News Release: 03/10/08
(Albany, KY) - On March 5, 2008 Albany Police Department advised the Kentucky State Police that Teresa Sawyers was reported missing to their agency and may have been taken by force by her estranged husband Terry Sawyers.
Troopers and Detectives from the State Police Post at Columbia received information that Terry and Teresa Sawyers could possibly be in the Wells Bottom Road area of Clinton County, near Wolf Creek Dam.
Units from the Kentucky State Police arrived in the area at 12:31 P.M. Units encountered Terry Sawyers in a desolate area off Wells Bottom Road, and Terry Sawyers opened fire on the State Troopers. Responding units reported shots fired at 2:32 P.M.
Detective Jeff Vincent was struck in the leg by a round from Sawyers' weapon. Det. Vincent was transported to the Clinton County hospital by KSP units, and later transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.
Responding Units from the Kentucky State Police and several assisting agencies surrounded the campsite area setting up a perimeter to prevent Terry Sawyers from escaping. The Kentucky State Police Special Response Team (SRT) was activated to the area, along with a helicopter from the Kentucky National Guard. On March 6, 2008 SRT members located the bodies of Terry Sawyers (M-49) and Teresa Sawyers (F-43), in close proximity of the campsite. The Clinton County Coroner made a positive identification of the Albany, Kentucky residents.
It was later learned through the investigation, that Terry Sawyers had established a campsite in the Wells Bottom Road area. Located at the camp-site by State Police Detectives were three high powered rifles with scopes, an AK-47 assault rifle with combat loaded magazines, approximately a thousand rounds of ammunition, night-vision goggles, a large supply of food, several propane tanks and coolers. The area around the campsite was well camouflaged.
The bodies of Teresa and Terry Sawyers were sent to the Kentucky State Medical Examiners office for an autopsy. Preliminary results indicate that Teresa Sawyers died from multiple gunshot wounds. Terry Sawyers died from an apparent single self-inflicted gunshot wound. There is no evidence to indicate that Terry or Teresa Sawyers were struck by any rounds from units of the Kentucky State Police.
Detective Jeff Vincent has been released from the University of Kentucky Medical Center after undergoing surgery.
The investigation continues.
Clinton County Sheriff's Department, Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, Albany Police Department, Burkesville Police Department, Russell County Sheriff's Department Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, Clinton County Coroner's Office, Clinton County E.M.S. Clinton County Fire Department and the Kentucky National Guard.
Original Press Releases Below
Date of News Release: 03/07/08
(Columbia, KY) - At approximately 2356 hours on 03/06/08, officers from the Kentucky State Police Special Response Team located the bodies of a male and female in the vicinity of Wells Bottom Road in Clinton County where Troopers were shot at earlier in the day with one KSP Detective being injured. At approximately 0030 hours on 03/07/08, the Clinton County Coroner identified the bodies of Teresa A. Sawyers, age 43, of Albany, and her ex-husband, Terry Sawyers, age 49, also of Albany. The investigation is continuing at this time and more details will be released as they become available.
Date of News Release: 03/06/08
(Columbia, KY) - In reference to the shooting that occurred in Clinton County earlier this date, the KSP Officer who was wounded is Detective Jeff Vincent. Detective Vincent is a 19 year veteran of the Kentucky State Police and is currently assigned to the Auto Theft Section. Detective Vincent is a lifelong resident of Clinton County. Detective Vincent is being treated at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky and is in fair condition at this time. Further updates will follow.
Date of News Release: 03/06/08
(Columbia, KY) - On March 5, 2008 Clinton County Sheriff's Department advised the State Police that Teresa Sawyers was reported missing and may have been taken by force by her ex-husband Terry Sawyers.
Around 10:27 a.m. March 6th officers from the Columbia State Police received information that Teresa Sawyers might be held in the Wells Bottom area of Clinton County near Wolf Creek Dam. Around 12:31 p.m. four KSP Officers arrived in the area. Around 14:32 p.m. Officers reported numerous shots had been fired at them.
At this time one Trooper has been taken to Clinton County Hospital for a single gunshot wound to the leg, and is being transferred to UK Hospital in Lexington.
Officers are still at the scene and if anyone sees or knows the whereabouts of Terry Sawyers please contact your local police department. Sawyers should be considered armed and dangerous.