Home invasion suspects not linked to deputy shooting

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

Kentucky State Police tell us they have officially ruled out cousins Michael and Shawn Durham as suspects in the shooting of a Russell County Sheriff's Deputy earlier this month.

Now back at square one in the case, they are asking for the community's help.

The search continues for a gunman who opened fire on Russell County Sheriff's Deputy Cary York.

On May 12, Deputy York pulled over a black Ford Taurus on Kentucky 1730 near Wolf Creek Dam because it did not have a license plate.

Police say almost immediately someone in that car opened fire on York.

"Next thing I see is a hand with a gun, gun muzzle, flash, I hear 3 to 4 bang, bang, bangs, shots, I'm going back and trying to get cover," says York.

This is an interview with York, on the day of the shooting. He talked about how he took several rounds to the chest, but had his bullet proof vest on, the tool that singlehandedly may have saved his life.

"I mean I had gut feelings, here and there, I need to be wearing it, I see all this stuff on TV, happening to officers, you never know."

York was able to take cover behind his cruiser and returned fire, but the car sped off.
The next day, state police investigators tried to track down 24-year-old Shawn Keith Durham and his 23-year-old cousin, Michael Wayne Durham to see if there was a connection.

They were accused of robbing a couple in their Junction City home and were also in a 4-door dark sedan, but after further investigation, authorities in Virginia, where police found the cousins, concluded the times didn't add up.

State police say though some calls have come in, there haven't been too many, especially ones that have led to any substantial leads.

Investigators aren't sure if Deputy York actually hit the car with the shots he fired.


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