JABEZ — A sheriff's deputy shot and killed a Wayne County man early Thursday after the man pointed a pistol at the deputy, police said.
Pulaski County sheriff's deputies were responding to reports that James M. Lane, 38, had a gun and was trying to force his way into the bedroom of a trailer where his wife and three others had barricaded themselves for protection from Lane, police said.
The call was considered an emergency. When the deputies got to the trailer, they could hear screams from inside, said Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood.
Deputy Danny Pevley went into the trailer, where Lane had knocked holes in the wall while trying to get into the bedroom, Wood said.
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Pevley saw Lane standing at the bedroom door and told him several times to drop his gun, but Lane pointed the weapon toward the deputy, Wood said.
Pevley shot Lane in the torso.
Pevley and Sgt. John Williams, who had also answered the call, performed CPR on Lane until emergency workers arrived, but Lane died at the scene, police said.
The shooting happened about 4:35 a.m.
Lane did not have a criminal record in either Wayne or Pulaski counties, a computer check showed.
However, Wood said he understood Lane had a history of aggressive behavior.
Police suspect alcohol was involved in the incident, said Trooper Don Trosper, a spokesman for the Kentucky State Police.
At the trailer where the shooting happened, a woman refused comment Thursday afternoon.
The shooting took place in the Wayne County community of Jabez.
However, Pulaski County deputies responded because that part of Wayne County is cut off from the rest of the county by Lake Cumberland. Emergency dispatchers in Wayne County asked for deputies from Pulaski County, who were closer, to take the call.
Wood said the situation ended tragically, but he said his officers acted correctly.
"I really believe that their actions this morning saved lives inside that trailer," he said.
Wood said he asked state police to investigate the shooting. It is a joint inquiry with his office, Wood said.