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Police: Frankfort officers used 'reasonable force' in deadly shooting

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) – A preliminary internal investigation into the shooting death of a suspect by Frankfort Police has found that officers used reasonable force in the incident and were in compliance with department policies and procedures.

Investigators said at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, December 30, police received a 911 call from a woman claiming a man had trapped her inside a home on Winding Way Drive, pointed a gun at her and threatened to shoot anyone who entered the house.

When officers arrived on the scene, they contacted the woman by phone. She told them she had secured herself away from the suspect in a separate area of the house.

The Tactical Response and Hostage Negotiations Units arrived and surrounded the house.

Police said the suspect then came out of the house unexpectedly, carrying a handgun. The investigation found that officers told the man multiple times to drop his weapon, but he pointed it at them instead, leading the officers to shoot and kill him.

The officers involved in the shooting are identified as Todd Smither, 31, who joined the Frankfort Police Department in 2011 and was assigned to the Tactical Response Unit in 2007, and Billy Graves, 30, who joined the department in 2011 and was assigned  to the Tactical Response Unit in 2012.

Kentucky State Police are continuing to investigate the incident. The results will be forwarded to the office of Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland.

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