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Three dead, deputy shot Sunday afternoon in Rowan County, media reports

Three people are dead and a deputy was shot Sunday afternoon in Rowan County, according to media reports.

According to WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said two women and the man suspected of shooting the deputy are dead.

Kentucky State Police said a police officer was shot in the hand during an incident that was initially called into dispatch as a disturbance between a man and a woman. The officer is expected to be fine, WKYT reported. The incident happened on Island Fork Road about 15 miles north of Morehead.

WKYT reported the incident as a “barricade situation” and the road to the area was shut down.

According to the Morehead News newspaper, an unidentified suspect allegedly told authorities by telephone that he had shot his mother and girlfriend and was going to kill himself.

WKYT reported that the man set fire to the home before killing himself, prompting firefighters to come to the scene.

A dispatcher from state police said a press release would be issued in the future, but did not give a specific time frame.

This is the second reported officer involved shooting in the past seven days. On Jan. 4, a Lincoln County man was killed and a Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy was wounded during an exchange of gunfire in Garrard County.

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