KSP: Deputy fatally shoots man armed with knives

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CANEYVILLE, Ky. (KT) -  Kentucky State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Grayson County that left a Caneyville man dead Thursday night.


The KSP Post at Elizabethtown says they received a call shortly before 10:30, Thursday night, from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, saying that there was an officer-involved shooting with two of their deputies.


Preliminary findings by investigators determined that the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office received information that a wanted subject, Brian Abbott, 34 of Caneyville, was at a residence on North Main Street in Caneyville.


When they arrived at the home, the two deputies made contact with Abbott, who was inside the residence armed with two knives.  State Police say despite repeated commands for him to drop the knives, Abbott charged toward the deputies, leading one of them to fire his service weapon, striking Abbott three times.


The Grayson County Coroner’s Office pronounced Abbott dead at the scene. An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday at the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville.


The two deputies involved were not injured in the incident, and both have been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.  Their names have not yet been released.


State Police say they were assisted at the scene by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Leitchfield Police Department, Grayson County EMS, Caneyville Fire Department, Caneyville Police Department and the Grayson County Coroner’s Office.


The incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Detective Travis Sturgill.

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