TFC Billy Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 15, Columbia
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Officer involved shooting in Monroe County
Date of News Release: 07/27/2011
(Tompkinsville, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police are currently investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred earlier today approximately 2 miles south of Tompkinsville on KY 0163. The Monroe County Sheriff's office received a call at 10:10 CST in reference to a possible suicide attempt at 334 Big Sulphur Road. Monroe County Sheriff Roger Barlow was responding when a second call reported that 38-year-old Mark L. Tovey had left the residence enroute to the river at KY 100 and KY 214 to drown himself.
Sheriff Barlow located Tovey in his vehicle at the river and an altercation ensued. Tovey made it back to his vehicle and fled the scene. Monroe County 3rd District Constable Frank Massingille, Tompkinsville Police Chief Dale Ford and Sheriff Barlow attempted a roadblock that was unsuccessful. A pursuit followed and Constable Massingilles and Toveys vehicles collided. Toveys vehicle came to rest off of the roadway on KY 163. As officers approached Toveys vehicle, Tovey exited the vehicle armed with a weapon. Chief Ford fired his weapon and struck Tovey bringing the incident to an end. Tovey was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non life threatening injuries. Kentucky State Police Detective Russell Decker is investigating.