Crime

State trooper shoots, kills Letcher County man

A Letcher County man was shot and killed Friday night by a Kentucky State Police trooper after the man allegedly raised a weapon in the direction of the trooper.

Terry Wayne Taulbee was shot sometime after 11:15 p.m. at his home on Leopard Drive in Jackhorn by Trooper Ben McCray, a 15-year-veteran of the state police. Taulbee was pronounced dead at the scene by the Letcher County coroner, according to state police.

Police say McCray was dispatched to conduct a welfare check at Taulbee's residence after the state police post in Hazard received a call at 11:14 p.m.

Taulbee allegedly showed McCray a weapon, which police did not identify in a news release, and began making threats as he walked toward McCray. After refusing to put the weapon down, Taulbee allegedly raised the weapon in the direction of McCray.

McCray was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues.

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