Man accused of shooting deputy, leading troopers on pursuit in stolen vehicle fatally shot by trooper

Man accused of shooting deputy, leading troopers on pursuit in stolen vehicle fatally shot by trooper
A suspect died and a Breckinridge County deputy sheriff was injured during a shooting in Hart County. (Source: Unsplash)

HART COUNTY, Ky. (WAVE) – A man who allegedly shot a Breckinridge County deputy sheriff then lead troopers on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle was shot and killed by a Kentucky State Police trooper, according to KSP.

A preliminary investigation found a Breckinridge County deputy was shot during a traffic stop near Ben Johnson Elementary School around 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

KSP said the driver who shot the deputy, identified as James Horton, 42, of Clarkson, left on foot following the shooting then stole a pickup truck that was nearby.

After midnight, KSP troopers located the stolen vehicle in the Wax community in Grayson County and started to pursue the vehicle. During the pursuit, multiple shots were fired toward troopers. The chase ended in Hart County when the vehicle went off the roadway north of Bonnieville.

KSP officials said Horton then exited the vehicle with a weapon in his hand and was shot by a trooper.

Horton died from his injuries.

The Breckinridge County deputy sheriff involved in the shooting was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital from the scene of the traffic stop and treated for injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

No other injuries were reported.

The shooting remains under investigation by the KSP critical incident response team.

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