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Officer involved in Monroe Co. shooting this morning

Kentucky State Police, Monroe S.O., Monroe Constable finally subdue man in gunfire exchange, after responding to possible suicide attempt at home, followed by report man was at river planning to drown himself, where Sheriff Roger Barlow located man and an altercation ensued with subsequent flight. A roadblock failed, but man's vehicle collides with constable's. Man exits car, armed. Tompkinsville Police Chief fires weapon, strikes man, who was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN

By TFC Wm. Gregory, Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police Post 15, Columbia, KY

TOMPKINSVILLE, KY - The Kentucky State Police are currently investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred earlier today, Wednesday, July 27, 2011, approximately 2 miles south of Tompkinsville on KY 0163.

The Monroe County Sheriff's office received a call at 10:10amCT in reference to a possible suicide attempt at 334 Big Sulphur Road. Monroe County Sheriff Roger Barlow was responding when a second call reported that 38-year-old Mark L. Tovey had left the residence enroute to the river at KY 100 and KY 214 to drown himself.

Sheriff Barlow located Tovey in his vehicle at the river and an altercation ensued. Tovey made it back to his vehicle and fled the scene.

Monroe County 3rd District Constable Frank Massingille, Tompkinsville Police Chief Dale Ford and Sheriff Barlow attempted a roadblock that was unsuccessful.

A pursuit followed and Constable Massingille's and Tovey's vehicles collided. Toveys vehicle came to rest off of the roadway on KY 163.

As officers approached Tovey's vehicle, Tovey exited the vehicle armed with a weapon. Chief Ford fired his weapon and struck Tovey bringing the incident to an end. Tovey was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non life threatening injuries. Kentucky State Police Detective Russell Decker is investigating.

Story courtesy TFC William Gregory, Public Affairs Officer, Kentucky State Police Post 15, 1118 Jamestown ST, (at Exit 49, Louie B. Nunn Parkway), Columbia, KY. Kentucky State Police Post 15, Columbia, KY, covers the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.

This story was posted on 2011-07-27 16:05:58
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