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Olive Hill Man Killed in Trooper-Involved Shooting

Date of News Release: 05/23/2012

(Ashland, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police in Ashland is conducting an investigation into a Trooper related shooting that occurred approximately 4:30 PM this afternoon. The incident occurred on Highway US 60 just outside the city limits of Olive Hill, KY.

Dispatchers at the Kentucky State Police Post 14 received a call from a concerned citizen about a man wielding a firearm at his residence. This same man, identified as Kenneth Doug Dyer, age 55, of Olive Hill, KY, had been arrested the evening before on charges of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree after he discharged a firearm in an unsafe manner.

Upon arrival, troopers observed Dyer sitting on a hill in a chair behind his residence. Dyer was also holding a handgun. Both troopers attempted to negotiate with Dyer and gave several commands to put down the firearm. Despite these commands, Dyer pointed the handgun in the direction of the troopers which resulted in the troopers firing their weapons. It was later discovered Dyer was also in possession of another handgun.

Dyer was pronounced deceased at the scene by Carter County Coroner George Sparks. No other individuals were injured in the incident. Both troopers were placed on administrative leave in accordance with KSP Policy and Procedure, which is normal procedure for any officer-involved shooting.

The Troopers involved with the shooting are:
Trooper Kris Kirk, employed with KSP since December 2005.
Trooper Joseph Vorbeck, employed with KSP since October 2011.

LT J.W. Gibson is the lead investigator.

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