A Wayne County man died in a Friday night shootout with sheriff’s deputies after he killed his wife and his cousin, according to Kentucky State Police.
According to state police, Paul E. Dolen, 57, of Monticello shot and killed his wife, Sandra D. Dolen, 55, about 9:15 p.m. Friday at their home in the 6000 block of Kentucky 92 East in the Oil Valley community. He then went to a nearby home and shot and killed his cousin, Russell F. Dolen, 62, of Monticello.
No motive has been identified yet for the killings, state police said.
Two Wayne County deputies responded to the scene and found Paul Dolen in a barn on the family property armed with two hand-guns and a rifle, according to state police. Dolen fired shots in the direction of the deputies, who then returned fire striking and killing him.
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The deputies, who were not injured, have been placed on leave during the investigation, which is standard procedure, according to state police. The names of the deputies were not released.
The bodies have been taken to the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s office in Frankfort for autopsies, which were expected to take place on Saturday.