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Officer Involved Shooting in Knox County

Date of News Release: 06/30/2016

Barbourville, KY (June 30, 2016) - On Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at approximately 11:00 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 10, Harlan received a call from the Knox County Sheriff's Office requesting assistance in reference to an officer-involved shooting on KY HWY 223 in Knox County.

Upon arrival, KSP Detectives learned that at approximately 9:50 PM, that the Knox County Sheriff's Office had received a call about Jessie J. Mills, 30, of Flat Lick, KY intoxicated at a residence on Moore Creek Road and had abducted a child and left the area. A Knox County Deputy Sheriff along with a Knox County Constable responded to the call. At approximately 11:00 PM the two officers located Mills and the child walking on KY HWY 223 an estimated two miles away from the residence. As officers approached Mills an altercation ensued and the Knox County Deputy Sheriff discharged his service weapon at the suspect fatally wounding Mills.

Mills was pronounced dead at the scene by the Knox County Coroner's Office. His body will be taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office where an autopsy is scheduled for today.

The two officers have been placed on administrative leave and their names will be released at a later time.

The investigation is continuing by KSP Post 10 Investigative LT. Randy Surber. He was assisted at the scene by troopers from Post 10.