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Details Released in Deadly Shooting Involving Police in Knott County
KSP Trooper and Knott County Deputy involved

Date of News Release: 11/07/2017

PIPPA PASSES, Ky. (November 6, 2017) – Details have been released from the incident in which a Knott County man died last Wednesday evening after an altercation with police officers. Trooper Leo Slone and Knott County Deputy Robbie Slone were at a residence on Hemp Patch Road in the Pippa Passes community of Knott County, attempting to serve an arrest warrant on an individual. While at this residence, the officers encountered another man, 28 year old Christopher Jacobs of Pippa Passes, whom they knew had arrests warrants pending against him.

Officers attempted to negotiate with Mr. Jacobs to come out from under the mobile home he was under, which he initially refused to do. Officers advised that Christopher Jacobs suddenly exited from under the mobile home, and officers pursued him to the front yard area of the residence. Christopher Jacobs got into a car in the front driveway area, at which time both Tpr. Slone and Dep. Slone attempted to detain him. A physical altercation ensued, but officers were unable to remove Christopher Jacobs from the vehicle. Both officers deployed their agency issued Tasers, but again were unsuccessful in detaining Jacobs. Deputy Slone made another attempt to physically remove Christopher Jacobs from the vehicle, when the car accelerated forward, while Dep. Slone was still inside. The car struck a cruiser and stopped, allowing Dep. Slone to get away from the vehicle. The car then reversed and accelerated toward Tpr. Slone, who fired his issued duty weapon, striking Christopher Jacobs. Officers rendered CPR to Christopher Jacobs until EMS arrived. Christopher Jacobs was pronounced deceased at the scene by Knott County Coroner Jeff Blair. Tpr. Slone and Dep. Slone were not injured.

An autopsy was performed on Jacobs by the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort. Lieutenant Claude Little with the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team is leading this investigation, in collaboration with KSP Post 13 investigators. Tpr. Leo Slone, a two year veteran with KSP, and Dep. Robbie Slone, a 14 year veteran with Knott County Sheriff’s Department, have both been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for both agencies during a deadly force incident.