KSP: Intruder shot, killed by homeowner in Spencer County identified

KSP: Intruder shot, killed by homeowner in Spencer County identified

SPENCER COUNTY, Ky. (WAVE) – A man who died after he was shot in Spencer County has been identified.

Kyle Story, 27, of Louisville, entered a home in the 4800 block of Plum Creek Road around 1:30 p.m. Thursday and was shot by the homeowner, Kentucky State Police said.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner.

On Friday, WAVE 3 News returned to the neighborhood where the shooting happened and talked to people who heard and saw the scene unfold.

Tara Smallwood lives in the area and told WAVE 3 News her Thursday afternoon started at the computer.

“I heard several gunshots, which is not out of the ordinary here," Smallwood said. "People shoot frequently. We shoot frequently.”

The sound of these gunshots didn’t sound like target practice.

“But this was more like pop pop pop ... pop pop,” Smallwood said, describing the cadence.

About 10 minutes later, she said she heard another sound.

“Several sirens," Smallwood said. “I knew somebody had probably just been shot.”

Smallwood grabbed her binoculars and walked to the hill of her property that overlooks the scene.

“And (the police) definitely weren’t in any big hurry so I knew it was a fatal shot," Smallwood said. "And then the coroner came, so ... ”

Those were the sights and sounds of what Kentucky State Police detectives said was a homeowner standing his ground.

It’s a story that didn’t shock Smallwood.

She said she moved to Plum Creek Road with her husband and two children in January 2019. They own a small farm with several chickens and three goats. Smallwood told WAVE 3 News she and her husband carry their firearms everywhere to protect their family and their animals.

“We have heard of a lot of break-ins recently," Smallwood said. "For the most part people in this area all have firearms, regularly use firearms and carry firearms on their person at all times. But we will defend our home and our land and our family at all costs.”

That protective mindset is one Smallwood said is necessary when living in the country. Now, she has a warning for anyone looking to step foot on her property.

“If you come in and we don’t want you here, you won’t leave ... or you won’t leave walking,” Smallwood said.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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