EARLY MORNING SUNRISE DOMESTIC INCIDENT STARTED AFTER 911 CALL EX-GIRLFRIEND OVER SUSPECT’S ALLEGED THREAT TO KILL HIS FATHER & HIMSELF; SUSPECT WAS ALSO CONVICTED FELON, WHO WAS NOT TO HAVE GUN
Written by Wade Queen
Pikeville, KY. (11/15/2020) – A Pike County man was arrested and is sitting in jail, and likely lucky to be still alive, after he was wounded in a shootout with a Kentucky State Police trooper early Sunday morning.
According to a news press release statement from the Kentucky State Police, Post 9, Pikeville, they are
investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred Sunday, November 15, at approximately 8:04 A.M. EST.
In the press report, KSP Post 9 received a call at approximately 7:00 AM EST, from a caller stating her ex-boyfriend, 33-year-old Cory N. Whitehead, was threatening to harm himself and his father.
Upon arrival at Cory Whitehead’s residence at 802 Winns Branch, a Trooper was greeted by Cory Whitehead’s father. The two entered the residence where the Trooper encountered Cory Whitehead, who retreated to a room in the residence and retrieved a firearm. An encounter ensued and the Trooper gave verbal commands for Cory Whitehead to put the gun down. Cory Whitehead did not comply and an exchange of gunfire occurred.
Cory Whitehead sustained a single gunshot wound to the hand and was transported to Pikeville Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries. After being medically discharged from the hospital, Cory Whitehead was taken into custody by Trooper Michael Coleman, and was then transported to and lodged in the Pike County Detention Center, where Cory Whitehead was charged with Attempted Murder of a Police Officer and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. No one else sustained any injuries.
The incident remains under investigation by Lieutenant Justin Cornett. Kentucky State Police Critical Response Team and additional Post 9 personnel are assisting.