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Drug Investigation In Breckinridge County Leads To Shots Fired And Death Of Suspect

Date of News Release: 04/03/2012

KSP Task Force Officer "geared up" to enter a residence on KY 259 in Breckinridge County to remove suspected meth lab materials

The picutre above is KSP Task Force Officer "geared up" to enter a residence on KY 259 in Breckinridge County to remove suspected meth lab materials. The residence they were to enter was the residence from where the suspect fled that was involved in a shooting with a Task Force Officer a short time later.

(Elizabethtown, KY) -- On Tuesday, April 03, 2012 at approximately 11:35 am ET, a Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations Task Force Officer and a Breckinridge County Deputy Sheriff were attempting to conduct a drug investigation at the 1000 block of KY 259 in Breckinridge County. A female resident answered the door and the two officers identified themselves as police officers and told the female why they were there. There was also a male subject inside the residence. The Task Force Officer spotted materials in the residence that were consistent with items used in the production of methamphetamines. The male subject went to the kitchen area to get a drink and instead ran out the back door with the sheriff's deputy in pursuit. The suspect jumped a fence and fell to the ground as the sheriff's deputy deployed his Taser with no effect on the suspect. The suspect was able to pull the probes out as he ran towards a mobile home a few hundred feet from the initial residence. The suspect ran into the mobile home and locked the back door. It was a few moments later that the Deputy reported hearing a gunshot from inside the home. The Task Force Officer then ran down to the mobile home and entered the front portion where he was met by three individuals in the front part of the home.

The Task Force Officer, identified himself as a police officer to the subjects inside. The suspect then came from a room where he had a gun pointed at his own head and told the Task Force Officer that he was going to kill himself. The Task Force Officer continued to tell him to put the gun down in which he refused. It was then that the suspect fired a shot. It was not clear whether the suspect had shot himself or whether the bullet grazed him, but the suspect was still able to speak. What is clear, is that the suspect then raised the gun from his head and the Task Force Officer returned fire as the suspect retreated into a room and fell to the floor. The suspect was examined by Breckinridge County EMS where it was determined that he had so signs of life.

The deceased suspect has been identified as 46-year-old Brice T. Horn. According to family, Horn is originally from Louisville, KY, but moved to Harned several years ago.

This investigation is ongoing and more details will be released once they are made available.

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