Fayette County

Threats made before self-defense shooting kills man in Lexington.

Shawn Michael Woods, 34, died of multiple gunshots after a shooting in an apartment on Constitution Street. Constitution is a short street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Limestone, near Sayre School.
Shawn Michael Woods, 34, died of multiple gunshots after a shooting in an apartment on Constitution Street. Constitution is a short street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Limestone, near Sayre School.

A tenant shot and killed a 34-year-old man in self-defense Wednesday at a Lexington apartment building after the man allegedly threatened people over multiple days, according to police and a neighbor.

Shawn Michael Woods, 34, died from multiple gunshot wounds at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital at 7:30 a.m., the coroner said.

Based on preliminary investigation, it appears Woods was shot after he entered another tenant’s apartment, police said. That resident remained on scene and was interviewed by detectives, according to police.

Several witnesses said Woods attempted to enter or entered other apartments in the building where he lived before the 6:45 a.m. shooting on the 100 block of Constitution Street, near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, police said.

Kevin Taylor, who owns a barber shop at the corner of Constitution and North Martin Luther King Boulevard, next to the 10-unit apartment building, said the man who was shot had been behaving in an agitated way in the last few days since a female companion left.

Before he walked into the apartment where he was shot, he got into the apartment of another tenant, who called police, Taylor said.

“It’s a clear-cut case of self defense,“ Taylor said. “He’d been walking around here threatening everybody. He’d been coming to me every day asking if I’d seen anybody picking his wife up ... She moved out, she left him just the other day. When she left, he absolutely blew a gasket.”



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