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Kentucky State Police Officer Involved Shooting

Date of News Release: 06/25/2012

Tpr. Joey King

(Hazard, KY) -- On Sunday June 24, 2012 at approximately 8:10 p.m. Kentucky State Police in Hazard received a call that an individual on Rt. 30 West in the Canoe community of Breathitt County had fired shots from his residence at them as they were traveling on the roadway. Brenda Southwood and Larry Adams both were in the vehicle and had been struck and received injuries from the gunshot.

Troopers and Breathitt County Deputies responded to the scene. Contact was made with the alleged perpetrator and he began firing shots at the officers. Tpr. Joey King was struck in the face with buckshot and two Breathitt County Deputies also received minor injuries from buckshot. Kentucky State Police from Richmond Post were also called for assistance. Officers returned fire as the perpetrator refused to stop firing on the officers.

After the gunshots stopped the perpetrator was located on the front porch with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Kentucky River Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. Brenda Southwood and Larry Adams also were treated for their injuries from gunshot wounds. Trooper King was transported to the hospital and is being treated for his injuries sustained in the incident.

The name of the perpetrator in the trooper involved shooting which occurred in Breathitt is 59 year old Danny R. Johnson of Houston, Ky. Mr. Johnson was pronounced deceased at the Kentucky River Regional Hospital and the body was sent to the medical examiners office for an autopsy.

Tpr. Charles Joey King is a 12 year veteran with the Kentucky State Police and assigned to the Hazard Post. He still being treated for his injuries received in the incident. The investigation is continuing.

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