Whitley County Man Killed In Shootout With Police

Williamsburg, Ky. - A 29 year old Whitley County man was shot and killed last night in an exchange of gunfire with police after he allegedly set fire to a neighbor's home.

Kentucky State Police say the incident happened on Limestone Branch Road near Williiamsburg in Whitley County. Trooper Don Trosper says the London Post responded to a report of an armed, intoxicated man who had set fire to a neighbor's home.

Troopers and officers from the Williamsburg City Police, and the Whitley County Sheriff's Office discovered a home engulfed in flames and located a male subject near the burning home.

Police say they attempted to talk with the man, he made what they describe as a "threatening move with his weapon" and shots were fired, killing the subject, who has been identified as John Partin, age 29, of Limestone Branch Road.

Trooper Gary Martin, a 24 year veteran of the KSP and Trooper Scott Bunch, a nine year veteran of the force were both involved in the incident. They have been placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation of the incident.


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  • by YY Location: Pineville on Aug 24, 2007 at 07:10 PM
    This man was intoxicated and burned a house. Luckily no one was killed in the fire. He was drunk and had a weapon, not a good combination. There were three different agenices responded to help this man and I'm sure they did exactly what they are trained to do. So this would be really hard to try to cover up. You have no idea how quickly things like this unfold and I'm sure the officers did everything they possibly could to end this peacefully. Someone said why didn't they just shoot and wound, well what's the point of wounding if they are still able to hold a gun and fire the weapon. Someone said why 7-8 shots, think about it, you have police officers from three different agencies there and someone points a gun of course they are all going to shoot to protect themselves. I'm sorry this man's family had to go through this, but I'm more greatful that none of the officers were injured and were able to return home to their families. They did what any officer should do in that situation.
  • by am Location: Corbin on Jul 24, 2007 at 09:52 AM
    I agree with vic. There are a lot of cover ups in Whitley Co. And, someone outside of this area should conduct the investigation.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2007 at 08:12 PM
    This should have never happened there was no need for the state police to shoot this man let alone seven or eight shots. The state police just did not want to take the time to talk to him. I think that the police officers need to be investigated and action needs to be taken against them especially when they are still being seen in the city of williamsburg with other cops when they have people pulled over.
  • by vic Location: WILLIAMSBURG on Jul 19, 2007 at 04:02 PM
    whitley county has a bad rep for brute force and alot of cover up. i think higher authorities should monitor this county.if you dont beleive it , just keep an eye on the papers. subject almost always has a black eye .(from falling of course ) !!
  • by rwilliams Location: london on Jul 19, 2007 at 01:27 AM
    A police officer who has a gun drawn on him does not have time to way options, there is no jumping to conclusions it's just action and reaction and as fast as a bullet can travel, there is not a whole lot of time. My prayers go out to the family of Mr. Partin and to the police officers involved.
  • by Rob Location: London on Jul 18, 2007 at 06:20 AM
    Jump to conclusions??? He had a weapon and had already committed arson??? Oh yeah he is innocent and the police are wrong.They should have let him kill them or shoot at them first .No,he was wrong he got what was coming to him.Why does everyone want to blame someone else for their mistakes.He had it coming.
  • by cdavis Location: Williamsburg on Jul 17, 2007 at 07:02 PM
    I know the man that was shot by police and I think that it was uncalled for. I have know John for a few years. He was the kind of person that would give you the shirt off his back and help anyone. I think that there could have been more options. It just makes me wonder did the police jump to conclusions on this. My heart goes out to his family expecially his mother.
  • by CONCERNED CITIZEN Location: KY on Jul 17, 2007 at 12:20 AM
    WERE THE POLICE OFFICERS TRAINED TO USE NON LETHAL WEAPONS ,ALLOWING SUBJECT TO TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.DID THEY HAVE THESE RESOURCES READILY AVAILABLE ? IF SO , DO YOU THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE TRIED THESE OPTIONS BEFORE ENDING A LIFE ?
  • by Brenda Location: West Palm Beach, FL on Jul 16, 2007 at 08:38 AM
    This is only one of many things that happens, when our young people are on Drugs. Things are only going to get worse. Our president needs to make available more resourses for these people. This tragic incident is just the beginning. Unless we, stand up for our young people. Some of them just needs help getting off these drugs.
  • by Juanita Location: Williamsburg on Jul 16, 2007 at 07:02 AM
    I'll keep Carl and his family in my prayers.
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