HARDIN COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Four officers who were involved in a shooting near a Hardin County school have been identified.
KSP Sgt. Michael Garyantes was one of the seven officers involved in the March 28 shooting that resulted in the death of Jesse Kilgus, 51, on the John Hardin High School campus.
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Three of the officers were part of the Radcliff Police Department, the other three were Hardin County Sheriff's deputies. RPD identified their officers as Sergeant Brandon Jones, Officer Shawn Frakes, and Officer Wyatt Rossell.
Police had been searching for Kilgus after finding his wife, Ruth Marie Kilgus, dead in their home.
At some point, Kilgus made a reference to his child, who attends John Hardin High School. Officials contacted the school and locked it down.
Officials said Kilgus attempted to enter the school but was denied entry by a school resource officer.
When KSP arrived and tried to negotiate, Kilgus raised a handgun and was shot and killed by police.
Garyantes has been with KSP for 15 years and has been a patrol Sgt. for the past two years. He is also the Post 4 Safe School Coordinator.
Sergeant Jones with RPD has been on the force since October 15, 2006 and both Frakes and Rossell were hired on September 7, 2014. Frakes was the student resource officer who stopped Kilgus from entering the school.
According to open records from RPD the officers only had commendations, no reprimands.