Official: Cop killed by suspect in his car |

Official: Cop killed by suspect in his car

CLAY CITY, Ky. ” A man in custody shot a small-town police chief to death Wednesday from the back seat of the chief’s cruiser in eastern Kentucky, a county official said.

Powell County Judge-Executive Darren Farmer said Police Chief Randy Lacy was shot by a man he had arrested shortly after 11 a.m. The suspect was being taken to the Montgomery County jail, state police spokesman Phil Crumpton said.

Crumpton confirmed a police officer was fatally shot but declined to release the identity. He said state police were still investigating and he did not have further details.

A dispatcher who answered the phone for the Clay City police department declined to comment. The town, with about 1,300 residents, is 40 miles east of Lexington.

It was at least the second fatal shooting involving law enforcement officers in Powell County. Sheriff Steve Bennett and deputy Arthur Briscoe were killed while trying to arrest a man in 1992. The shooter was convicted and is now on Kentucky’s death row.

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