Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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Kentucky State Police Troopers involved in Perry County Shooting
Date of News Release: 01/02/2009
(Hazard, KY) - On January 2, 2009 at approximately 12:08 A.M. Kentucky State Police Post 13 Hazard, Ky. received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle in the Scuddy Community of Perry County. Tpr. Jackie Pickrell and Tpr. Jennifer Sandlin responded to the complaint.
Approximately 3:27 A.M. the troopers observed the vehicle and encountered Nathan Hurt 32 years of age, of Vicco, KY. At this time an altercation ensued and deadly forced was used by the officers. Tpr. Pickrell and Tpr. Sandlin were transported to Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital and treated for minor injuries. Nathan Hurt was pronounced dead at the scene by the Perry County Coroner"s Office.
Per Kentucky State Police policy both officers are placed on administrative leave pending investigation. Investigation is ongoing by Kentucky State Police Lt. Sean Welch, Lt. Claude Little, Lt. P.J. Burnett and Sgt. Avery Shrum.