State police kill armed Perry County man who ranted, raised weapon

State troopers shot and killed a man Sunday night during a confrontation at a camper in the Chavies community in Perry County, authorities said.

Michael Asher, 53, ranted at troopers and threatened them with a gun, according to Kentucky State Police.

Asher opened the door of his camper armed with the gun about 9:30 p.m., and troopers fired when Asher raised the weapon toward them, according to a news release from the Hazard state police post.

Asher died at the scene.

Troopers went to the camper after Perry County Constable Ben Stidham called, state police said.

Stidham reported hearing several gunshots coming from the camper while he made an unrelated traffic stop while on patrol near Hazard's Wendell H. Ford Regional Airport. Stidham was uncertain whether the gunfire was intended for him, police said.

When troopers arrived, they tried to make contact with Asher inside the camper, but he "ranted" and refused to come outside, police said.

Police obtained Asher's phone number from a neighbor and attempted to call him but got no answer. Moments later, Asher opened the camper door with the gun, police said.

An autopsy is scheduled for later Monday, and state police officials are investigating.

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