SANDLICK, KY. — Martin County Coroner Chris Todd said while he was unsure how many times James Lee Howard, 36, was shot, but he was fatally shot in the head by a KSP trooper.
911 dispatchers got a call just after 11 P.M. for shots fired, and that it happened off of New Route 3, on Sandlick Road, near Davella in Martin County, Kentucky July 5.
Martin County Sheriff John H. Kirk stated that two Kentucky State Police troopers responded to the reported incident area, along with a Martin County deputy.
Sheriff Kirk says the suspect, a man, started shooting at police as soon as they arrived at the scene.
The officers involved in the shooting were not injured.
The suspect, however, was killed, according to Sheriff Kirk.
Martin County Coroner, Chris Todd confirmed to Hazard, KY. TV news station WYMT that he arrived at the scene around 1:30 A.M., in addition, Kentucky State Police Post 9 Public Affairs Officer Trooper Michael Coleman, told WYMT the scene is no longer active, but the investigation is ongoing.
Howard’s neighbor Austin Harless said the troopers “snuck behind Howard’s home and shot him after he fired his shotgun from the back of the inside of the home”.