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One dead, two injured in officer-involved shooting in Russellville

A man died and two people were injured in an officer-involved shooting in Logan County Tuesday morning.

Kentucky State Police said Joseph Harris, 34, of Lewisburg, pulled into the parking lot of the McDonald’s on North Main Street in Russellville, got out of his vehicle and shot his former girlfriend, Amanda Harper, 28, of Russellville, who was in her vehicle waiting in the drive-through line.

After shooting Harper, police said, Harris walked north on Main Street and encountered three Russellville police officers who were responding to the shooting.

“Upon being challenged by police, Harris brandished a firearm towards the officers,” according to state police.

At that point, all three officers — Sgt. Morris Kisselbaugh and officers Stephen Meredith and Seth Whittaker — fired on Harris, hitting him about three times, state police said.

Harris was shot near the Super Wash near the intersection with Armory Drive, state police said.

Logan County Coroner Mary Givens, who pronounced Harris dead at the scene, said an autopsy would be conducted in Louisville Wednesday.

A man inside a doughnut shop across the street from where Harris was shot was hit once in the neck by stray gunfire, state police said. Vanna Krang, 48, of Russellville was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville and was listed in stable condition Tuesday night, they said.

After Harper was shot at McDonald’s, state police said, she drove across the street, where her vehicle went off the road and hit a building. She suffered one gunshot wound to her upper body, state police said. She was taken to The Medical Center in Bowling Green and was listed in stable condition Tuesday night, state police said.

No officers were injured. State police in Bowling Green said the investigation is open.

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