Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team Investigating Fatal Officer Involved Shooting in Greenup County
Date of News Release: 11/13/2017
Ashland, KY(November 10, 2017) – On Thursday November 9, 2017 at approximately 10:25 pm the Kentucky State Police Post 14 in Ashland was contacted by Greenup County 911 and advised of a pursuit in the Flatwoods community of Greenup County. The pursuit resulted in a fatal officer involved shooting incident. At that time a request was made for the Kentucky State Police to respond and investigate the incident. Troopers and Detectives responded and assisted The Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team with the investigation.
During the course of the investigation it was determined law enforcement authorities in Ohio had contacted Greenup County 911 and advised of an attempt to locate on Kiser L. Sturgell, age 27, of Jackson, OH and Ashley Jenkins, age 23, of Lucasville, OH. It was reported that Sturgell had active arrest warrants, had stolen a maroon Buick passenger car with Ohio registration plates and had fled from authorities in Ohio. Information was relayed that both subjects were armed and were possibly in the Flatwoods community of Greenup County. Officers were able to locate the vehicle at which point a pursuit began and continued across multiple roadways before coming to an end in the area of KY 693 and KY 207. As officers (Flatwoods Police Department, Bellefonte Police Department and Russell Police Department) approached the vehicle a threat was presented and officers responded by firing shots into the vehicle. Upon processing the scene a rifle was removed from Sturgell’s possession. (Any specific details surrounding the firearm will be released at a later date.)
Kiser Sturgell and Ashley Jenkins sustained fatal gunshot wounds and were both pronounced deceased at the scene by the Greenup County Coroner.
(At this time the involved officers identities are not available for release, but will be at a later time. No additional items are currently available for release, but will be as soon as the investigation allows.)
Autopsies are scheduled for both Sturgell and Jenkins at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, KY.
(Results of each autopsy will be made available upon completion of the investigation.)
The following agencies responded and assisted during the course of the investigation: Greenup County Emergency Management, Russell Fire Department, and the Greenup County Coroner’s Office.
Case remains under investigation by Lieutenant Jim Goble.