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‘Person of interest’ in Laurel County death apparently kills himself after police chase

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation and trying to find this man, who is considered armed and dangerous.
The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation and trying to find this man, who is considered armed and dangerous. Laurel County Sheriff’s Office

A man being sought as a “person of interest” in a Laurel County death Tuesday apparently killed himself Wednesday after a brief pursuit.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root said that a phone tip at 4:48 p.m. Wednesday led sheriff’s deputies, Kentucky State Police and a U.S. Forest Service officer to the pickup truck being driven by Kenneth W. Lipscomb, 55.

The responding officers spotted Lipscomb’s truck traveling on Flatwoods Road near Laurel Lake, about 12 miles southwest of London. After a pursuit of 1.5 miles, Lipscomb’s truck left the road and traveled into a field.

Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Miller along with KSP Trooper Chris Saunders and U.S. Forest Service Officer Bob O'Neill began approaching the vehicle when Lipscomb apparently shot himself in the chest with a .45 caliber pistol. He was pronounced dead at Baptist Health Hospital in Corbin.

Police had been looking for him after discovering a body about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday at Lipscomb’s residence off Hunters Trace, about a half mile west of London. The identity of that person had not been released as of Wednesday night as officials consulted dental records to help make a positive identification.

The sheriff’s office did say Wednesday that the person found dead at Lipscomb’s home had died from a single gunshot wound to the chest by a .45 caliber weapon.

Following the discovery of the body at Lipscomb’s home, the Laurel County sheriff had asked the public to be on the lookout for Lipscomb and his 2011 Ford F-150 with a white camper shell attached. Police considered Lipscomb to be a “missing person/person of interest” at that time and warned that he may be armed and dangerous.

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