Man dies of gunshot wound after confrontation with police in Breathitt

A man died of a gunshot wound after firing on law enforcement officers in Breathitt County on Monday afternoon.

Officers were called to Barge Creek Road at about noon after a report of a reckless driver and a possible case of driving under the influence, said state police Trooper Tony Watts.

He said that when officers found the truck involved, a man fled into the woods and fired on police officers at about 2 p.m. The officers, including three state troopers, a Breathitt County sheriff's deputy and an officer from Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, returned fire, Watts said.

They called in additional support and evacuated neighbors. At 7:30 or 8 p.m., the man who had fired at the officers was found dead of a gunshot wound in the woods near where the incident had occurred.

Watts said it is unclear whether the man, whom police did not identify, shot himself or was killed by the officers' shots.

"It could have been either," Watts said.

An autopsy is to be conducted.