Murder Suspect Killed By State Police

(LOUISVILLE, Ky., December 13, 2003, 10:30 a.m.)--A man wanted in a triple murder was shot and killed overnight by Kentucky State Police in LaRue County.

Around 11 p.m. Friday night, Kentucky State Police in Elizabethtown say they were called by fellow troopers from the Richmond post. They were looking for 39 year old Timothy Franklin of Danville. Franklin was a suspect in a triple murder in Boyle County and state police believed that he was possibly in LaRue County.

Troopers from the Elizabethtown post went to one location where they thought Franklin was, but they couldn't find him. A short time later, K.S.P. got call that a truck ran off the road on U.S. 31E. Trooper Dennis Oldham, a 15 year veteran of the department, responded to that scene and realized the truck met the description of the suspects truck.

"The gentleman was outside of his truck he got a handgun kept walking towards failed to disarm after being told several times to drop his gun and then at some point aimed or started to aim the handgun in the direction of the state trooper who shot him twice and he was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead there," says Trooper Steve Pavey.

Peavy says at some point after the shootings in Boyle County, troopers at the Richmond post were able to talk to the suspect on the phone.  That gave them a good idea of who he was.

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