Olive Hill homeowner shoots, kills would-be robber; three arrested

Brittany Crouch, 28, of Frenchburg.
Brittany Crouch, 28, of Frenchburg. Carter County jail

A Carter County homeowner shot and killed an apparent would-be robber Saturday morning, according to Kentucky State Police.

About 8:18 a.m. Saturday, four armed people forced their way into the home at 123 Clark Hollow in Olive Hill and took an undisclosed amount of cash, according to state police. Several people, including children, were in the home at the time but no one was injured.

During the robbery, according to state police, an altercation occurred between the homeowner and one of the robbery suspects. Kevin J. Helton, 48, of Salt Lick, was shot and killed at the scene, according to police.

Two other suspects, Cindy Puckett, 41, of Morehead and Jonathan Goodan, 45, of Olive Hill, ran from the scene but were caught; a third, Brittany Crouch, 28, of Frenchburg, was arrested at the scene, police said. Puckett, Goodan and Crouch have been charged with first-degree robbery; they are in the Carter County Detention Center.

Kentucky State Police are investigating; an autopsy of Helton was scheduled for Sunday.