An Carter County man was shot and killed by state troopers Wednesday after police said he pointed a rifle at them and refused to put it down.
Kenneth Doug Dyer, 55, was shot at his home on U.S. 60 in Olive Hill.
Trooper Elliot Gollihue, public information officer for state police Post 14 in Ashland, said officers were called to Dyer's home to check on him because he was sitting behind his house with a rifle and two handguns.
Dyer had been arrested the night before for discharging a firearm in a residential area, Gollihue said. He was released from jail today.
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"We were concerned about his safety and the safety of his neighbors," Gollihue said.
Troopers Kris Kirk and Joseph Borbeck responded to the call. When they arrived, Dyer pointed his rifle at them and did not obey their commands to drop it. Both troopers fired, and Dyer died from at least one gunshot wound.
Kirk has been a trooper for five years. Borbeck has been a trooper since October of last year. Both have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure following a shooting involving an officer, Gollihue said.
He said investigators from other state police posts would investigate the shooting.