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Trooper Brad Arterburn
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Officer Involved Shooting in Henry County

Date of News Release: 03/03/2011

(Lockport, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police is conducting an investigation of an officer-involved shooting which occurred just after Midnight this morning (3/3) in Henry County.

Trooper SotoPost 5 Troopers and Deputies from the Henry County Sheriff's office responded to a 9-1-1 call from 361 Sawmill Road near Lockport regarding a report that a man was intoxicated while firing a gun in the air. Lewis Jennings was identified as the person causing the disturbance and was also allegedly making threats towards his grandmother, Joyce Jennings, who also lived at that residence.

Upon their arrival at 11:54 p.m., it was determined that Lewis Jennings had forcibly taken Joyce Jennings hostage at gunpoint while barricading himself in the bathroom of the residence. The Troopers and Deputies then engaged in intense negotiations attempting to peacefully resolve the situation. Family members who lived nearby arrived and also attempted to persuade Lewis Jennings to end the situation without incident.

After 54 minutes of negotiations, Lewis Jennings, exited the bathroom armed with a handgun while rapidly advancing towards Trooper Manny Soto and Deputy Dean Murray. Deputy Murray attempted to subdue Lewis Jennings by deploying his taser, however was unsuccessful as the device did not make full contact. Lewis Jennings then raised his handgun and fired upon Trooper Soto and Deputy Murray. Trooper Soto and Deputy Murray returned fire, fatally striking Lewis Jennings.

Lewis Jennings was pronounced dead at the scene by Henry County Coroner Jimmy Pollard. An autopsy will be performed by the Medical Examiner's Office in Louisville.

Pursuant to KSP policy, Trooper Manny Soto has been placed on paid administrative leave. The Henry County Sheriff's office has also placed Deputy Dean Murray on paid administrative leave. Trooper Soto is a 6 year veteran of KSP and Deputy Murray is a 1 year veteran of the Sheriff's office. The ongoing investigation is being led by Detective Lieutenant Jeff Medley.

Assisting at the scene were: Henry County Sheriff's office, Henry County Coroner's office, and Henry County EMS.

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