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Two more explosive devices found in Harlan woods after man in custody is killed

Mark Sawaf
Mark Sawaf Lexington

Police found two additional improvised explosive devices in the woods above Woodland Hills subdivision in Harlan County a week after the man accused of placing the explosives was killed during a search of the area.

Troopers had been searching the area since receiving a tip last week.

Mark Sawaf, 39, of Harlan, was accused in June of concealing explosives in trail cameras and leaving them in the woods.

After ATF investigators learned that more explosives might have been left in the area, last Thursday they brought Sawaf to help find them. The ATF asked bomb experts from Lexington’s police and fire departments to assist in the search.

Sawaf, who was in federal custody, tried to escape and got into an altercation with officials during the search, state police said.

Lexington Fire Department investigator Capt. Brad Dobrzynski shot Sawaf, who died at the scene. ATF Special Agent Todd Tremaine and Lt. Matt Greathouse of the Lexington police hazardous devices unit were also involved in the altercation.

Dobrzynski was placed on administrative duty status with pay after the shooting, Lexington spokeswoman Susan Straub said.

Sawaf was indicted in July on eight charges, including owning and making unregistered destructive devices.

State police are asking the public to call 606-573-3131 to report anything suspicious in the area.

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