Suspect killed earlier Saturday morning following a high-speed pursuit and shootout with police
Police have identified the three people found dead at 1212 Forest Circle Drive in Corbin Saturday, and they are investigating the deaths as likely homicides.
Authorities say Kevin Hendrix, his wife Dr. Sarah Hendrix and their daughter Grace, were found dead in the residence after Corbin Police Officer Steve Meadors went there Saturday afternoon to do a welfare check. Two of the deceased were found in the kitchen, and the other was discovered in a back bedroom. All three appeared to have been killed by gunshot wounds.
Corbin Police Department Public Information Officer Rob Jones said investigators have not been able to determine exactly when the three were killed, but the theory is that they died some time last Wednesday.
The couple’s son, Jason, was killed earlier Saturday morning following a high-speed pursuit and shootout with police near Baltimore, Maryland. He injured one officer and was fatally wounded by return fire. Those close to the family said the couple’s son hadn’t been seen at school since last Tuesday. The teen is considered a suspect in the killings.
Jason Hendrix was a member of the Corbin High School Junior ROTC program and attended Forward Community Church. His father worked in the office of Whitley County Circuit Clerk Gary Barton. Barton said Saturday night he was “devastated” by the news of the deaths.
While the names of the victims have been released, a possible reason or motive for their killings remains a mystery as police are still in the midst of investigating the case. Neighbors say the couple has three children in all. The couple’s oldest attends college in Georgia.
Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley was called to the scene to assist in the death investigation sometime around 5:00 p.m. Saturday.
Jones said his department was contacted by Baltimore County Police at about 4:00 p.m. Saturday. That contact led to officers going to the home where they made the gruesome discovery.
According to reporters with the Baltimore Sun newspaper, the shootout in Maryland happened following a pursuit that started when police tried to pull over a speeding vehicle. It ended when the car, an SUV registered to an owner in Corbin, crashed into another car. When police approached the SUV, the driver opened fire and wounded one police officer. Six other officers returned fire and killed the gunman. Authorities are saying the person that was killed was Jason Hendrix. Read Baltimore Sun story here.
Sarah Hendrix was a professor at Union College in Barbourville. The school’s official Facebook page acknowledged her death Saturday night, along with that of her husband and daughter.
“The Union College community is heartbroken by the tragic deaths of Dr. Sarah Hendrix, her husband Kevin, and their daughter Grace. We have lost a member of our family, a wonderful educator, colleague, and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hendrix family at this time.”
Corbin Police are spearheading the investigation. They are being assisted by multiple agencies including Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley, Kentucky State Police and the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.
Corbin/Whitley News Journal