Two women were shot in the face by a man who then turned the gun on himself in Stanton on Tuesday afternoon.
The incident began at about 4:15 p.m., when Randy Derrickson, who is about 50, went to the home of his ex-girlfriend Lori Hall Boswell on Sipple Street in Stanton, said Trooper Endre Samu, public affairs officer for state police in Morehead.
"Apparently, he couldn't take the break-up," Samu said.
He said Derrickson shot Boswell, who is in her mid-30s, once in the face during an argument outside her home. Samu said she was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
After shooting Boswell, Derrickson went to a home on Karen Drive, looking for her new boyfriend, who was not there, Samu said.
A woman at a neighboring home came over carrying a baseball bat, and Derrickson shot her in the face twice, killing her, Samu said.
Powell County Coroner Hondo Hearne identified that woman as Rhonda McIntosh Rogers, 35. He said an autopsy is to be conducted Wednesday in Frankfort.
"All she was doing was trying to protect the neighbor's property," Samu said.
Next, Samu said, Derrickson left to return to Sipple Street.
By that time, police had set up a roadblock outside a Sav-A-Lot store in an attempt to stop Derrickson.
At the roadblock, Derrickson brandished a gun and accelerated toward a police officer, Samu said. The officer fired two rounds into Derrickson's vehicle but did not hit him. Derrickson, with officers in pursuit, then drove to Sipple Street, where he stopped and shot himself in the head with a .38 caliber revolver, Samu said.
He was to be taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, Samu said.
Boswell and Derrickson were in critical condition at UK Hospital, according to a police press release distributed early Wednesday morning.