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Update to the Gallatin County Sheriff Shot

Date of News Release: 09/21/2011

(Glencoe, Ky) -- Investigators have determined the identity of the man who shot Gallatin County Sheriff Josh Neale last night (9/20). Erich V. Stahl, 20 years old from Glencoe, was determined to have fired at Sheriff Neale before turning the weapon on himself. Stahl, a convicted felon, had a criminal history including an assault conviction. An autopsy is being conducted today at the Northern Kentucky Medical Examiner's office.

Detective Kurt Buhts continues to lead the ongoing investigation. Additional releases providing further updates will follow as the information becomes available.

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Gallatin County Sheriff Shot

Date of News Release: 09/21/2011

(Glencoe, Ky) -- The Kentucky State Police (Post 5) is conducting an investigation regarding an officer involved shooting with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office. The Gallatin County dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call at 10:16 p.m. last night (9/20) reporting that a domestic violence situation involving a hostage was developing at a home located at the intersection of KY 16 and Ponderosa Drive near the community of Glencoe.

Gallatin County Sheriff Josh Neale and Deputy Captain Brent McDonald responded to the call and arrived at 10:23 p.m. when an unknown suspect armed with a .357 magnum revolver opened fire on Sheriff Neale, striking him in the abdomen area.

Preliminary investigation indicates that after firing upon Sheriff Neale, the suspect immediately turned the weapon upon himself, inflicting a fatal injury. Without delay, Deputy Captain McDonald removed Sheriff Neale by police cruiser to the Gallatin County Fairgrounds for transport by helicopter to the University of Cincinnati trauma center. Sheriff Neale was conscious and alert as he was evacuated and is expected to have non-life threatening injuries.

The ongoing investigation is being lead by Detective Kurt Buhts. The following agencies assisted KSP at the scene: Boone County Sheriff's office, Florence Police department, Warsaw Police department, Gallatin County EMS, Glencoe Fire & Rescue, and the Gallatin County Coroner's office.

Additional releases providing updated information will follow as the information becomes available.

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