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200 rounds fired in 15 seconds. Man dies in shootout with police in Johnson County

A man exchanged a Bible for a gun and died in a shootout with police Tuesday in Johnson County, according to media reports.

The standoff started around 7 p.m. Monday in Oil Springs on Ky. 825, according to EKB News.

A man — later identified as Steven Dalton in an interview of police by EKB News — was holding a Bible, shouting at the sky and became combative with a deputy after the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department arrived, WKYT reported.

A deputy used a Taser to try to detain Dalton but that failed, according to WSIP.

Dalton ran and locked himself inside his home, which is when Kentucky State Police arrived to join deputies, EKB News reported.

Both deputies heard gunshots coming from inside the residence, WSIP reported. Family members told the sheriff that Dalton had several firearms, including an assault rifle, in the house, WSIP said.

A shootout began around 11 p.m. when Dalton pointed a gun out the door, shooting at the trooper’s cruisers before the troopers returned fire, EKB News said. Police told EKB News that 200 rounds were fired between the two sides in a 15-second span.

No officers were hit, but they didn’t hear from the suspect for a couple of hours after the shots were fired, according to EKB News.

KSP called for backup from its Special Response Team, which sent a robot into the home and found Dalton’s body at around 2:30 a.m., WKYT reported.

It’s too early to know if he shot himself or if he was shot by police, WKYT said.

His wife, Heather Dalton, said Steven was “so playful and such a wonderful dad and husband to us.”

“Oh how I’m going to miss his laugh and sense of humor and everything else about him,” she said in a Facebook post.

Mike Stunson: 859-231-1324, @mike_stunson

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