Coroner releases identity of armed man killed by Frankfort police

Herald-Leader Staff ReportDecember 31, 2012 

Kentucky State Police said Monday they are investigating the fatal shooting of a man by Frankfort police.

Franklin County Coroner Will Harrod identified the dead man as Gary Meadows, 55. An autopsy will be performed, but Harrod said his preliminary examination indicated Meadows sustained two gunshot wounds to the "trunk area."

At 9:15 p.m. Sunday, Frankfort police received a 911 call. A woman reported that a man in a house on Winding Way had trapped her inside, pointed a gun at her and threatened to shoot anyone who came into the house.

When they arrived at the scene, Frankfort police contacted the woman by phone. She told officers she had secured herself in a separate part of the house away from the man. Officers maintained contact with her while the department's Tactical Response Unit and hostage negotiation teams were called.

Meadows suddenly left the house, brandishing a handgun, according to a state police release. Frankfort officers ordered him to drop the weapon several times, but when Meadows pointed the gun at police, he was shot.

Meadows was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:49 p.m., according to Harrod.

The woman was not injured. State police said all Frankfort officers at the scene were placed on administrative leave, as is routine in such investigations.

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