A man who was shot in the leg by a deputy sheriff during a domestic dispute early Wednesday told an investigator later that he was attempting "suicide by police," Montgomery County Sheriff Fred Shortridge said.
Allan Letcher faces five counts of wanton endangerment, Shortridge said. Letcher, 40, was shot once in the upper right leg, Shortridge said. He was in serious condition Wednesday morning at University of Kentucky Hospital, a spokeswoman said.
"I think he wanted suicide by cop, is what he was saying," Shortridge said. "He wanted us to kill him. He told my detective that, yes. There are obviously some problems. I think maybe he lost his job."
Letcher fired at deputies James Keeton and Clarence Spencer at the home of Letcher's mother-in-law on Russ Willoughby Road near Levee, about seven miles south of Mount Sterling. The shooting happened about 1 a.m. Wednesday.
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The deputies returned fire, but Shortridge said it's not clear which deputy shot Letcher.
Letcher and his wife, Lilly, were fighting at their home on Willoughby Road. Lilly Letcher left with her mother to go to her mother's house less than a mile away, Short ridge said. The mother's name was not immediately available.
The deputies arrived at the mother's house. Allan Letcher arrived in a black extended-cab pickup behind two police cruisers. As the deputies approached the truck from the front yard, Letcher "exited the vehicle and started discharging" a .40-caliber Glock handgun, Shortridge said.
A couple of rounds struck a patrol car, Shortridge said. The windshield will have to be replaced.
Another deputy, Arthur Cole, who lives nearby, also went to the scene.
An investigator with the sheriff's office is trying to determine whether Letcher was a convicted felon. If that is confirmed, Letcher will be charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Shortridge said.
An emergency protection order has been obtained for Lilly Letcher, he said.
"Obviously, everybody is a little shook up," Shortridge said.