Two deputies shot, one multiple times; suspect killed in Knox County

Kentucky State Police

Two sheriff’s deputies were injured and a suspect was killed Monday in a Knox County shooting, police said.

Knox County sheriff’s deputies Keith Liford and Claude Hudson were attempting to serve a warrant on John W. Bays, 50, of Artemus, at about 11:40 a.m. at 7293 Ky. 225 when shots were fired, said Kentucky State trooper Shane Jacobs in a news release.

“While deputies were inside the residence they located Bays. Bays began shooting at both deputies before officers could return fire,” Jacobs said. “After Deputy Liford was shot multiple times and Deputy Hudson shot once, deputies were able to return fire striking Bays. Bays was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Knox County deputy coroner. Troopers from Post 10 arrested Brian Simpson who was also at the residence during the incident. Simpson had active arrest warrants for his arrest as well.”

Bays was indicted in March on burglary and other charges, WYMT reported.

Liford was transported to the Knox County ARH and then airlifted to University Tennessee for his injuries, Jacobs said. He was recovering following surgery Monday afternoon. Hudson was taken by private vehicle to Knox County ARH and then released.

Kentucky State Police are investigating the shooting.

The sheriff’s department posted a thank you Monday on its Facebook page.

“We thank our brothers and sisters in law enforcement, our extended families and the community for its support during this difficult time as we resolve to continue to serve you. We are grateful for everyone who has reached out to us.”