FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Late last night Kentucky state police responded to a domestic disturbance call at a residence in Franklin Co. We're told by police that when they arrived they found an injured woman in the driveway. Police tell us they did a a background search on the victim's boyfriend, Paul Demaree, and found that he had two outstanding warrants. When they went into the house to arrest him they tell us that Demaree was holding a gun. According to Kentucky State Police, Demaree was given numerous verbal commands to drop his weapons but did not comply. They say Demaree pointed the gun at troopers that they had no choice but to shoot him.
Neighbors and friends are speaking out about Demaree-- saying what happened last night was very out of character and that the situation shocked them all.
Justin Watterson, a neighbor, said, "I'm not from Frankfort, Paul was one of the first people who took me in. I was out here mowing my yard and a storm was coming and he said 'hey we have a basement over here,' and that's how I met Paul." Other neighbors describe the 38-year-old as friendly, giving and respectful. "We were so shocked," explains Demaree's next door neighbor Brichelle and John Hall, "he's the neighbor everyone wishes they had. When we heard what happened we couldn't believe it."
Kentucky State Police tell us they are conducting an investigation. At this point, all the troopers at this time have been placed on administrative leave.
Demaree is survived by his 14-year-old daughter. We're told that his girlfriend was taken to the hospital by EMS to be checked out.