A Knox County man was fatally shot following an alleged altercation with police on Wednesday.
Jessie J. Mills, 30, of Flat Lick, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Knox County Coroner’s Office.
According to a press release from Kentucky State Police, at approximately 11 p.m., Kentucky State Police Post 10 received a call from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance in reference to an officer-involved shooting on KY 223 in Knox County. Upon arrival, KSP detectives learned at approximately 9:50 p.m. the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a call about Mills, advising he was intoxicated at a residence on Moore Creek Road. Mills had abducted a child and left the area. A Knox County sheriff’s deputy along with a Knox County constable responded to the call. At approximately 11 p.m. the two officers located Mills and the child walking on KY 223 approximately two miles away from the residence. As officers approached Mills, an altercation ensued and the Knox County deputy sheriff discharged his service weapon at the suspect. Mills was fatally wounded.
Mills’ body will be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy is scheduled for today.
The two officers have been placed on administrative leave. The names of the officers will be released at a later time.
The investigation is continuing by KSP Post 10 Investigative Lt. Randy Surber. He was assisted at the scene by troopers from Post 10.