Kentucky prison inmate killed after taking nurse hostage, threatening response team

An inmate who took a nurse hostage was killed by a prison emergency response team member, according to Kentucky State Police.

David Keith Carver, 34, died after about two hours of negotiations with Kentucky State Police at the Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange, police said Wednesday.

Carver used an improvised ice pick-shaped weapon to take hostage a nurse employed by Correct Care Solutions at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, said Kentucky State Trooper Lt. Kevin Johnson. Carver and the nurse were alone when he pulled out the weapon, Johnson said.

“He was an inmate that was able to move freely about the facility, he wasn’t on any special lockdown or anything like that,” Johnson said.

KSP troopers trained in hostage negotiations responded to the prison after they were summoned.

The prison’s Correction Emergency Response Team assumed control after negotiations deteriorated. Troopers left the scene. The team continued negotiations until the “inmate made an aggressive move towards a member” of the response team, who then fired.

Johnson would not comment on how many shots were fired and where Carver had been fatally shot.

Carver was taken to Baptist Health in LaGrange and was pronounced dead by the Oldham County coroner’s office about 7:25 p.m.

Carver had served more than six years of his 10-year sentence, Johnson said.