Slain Kentucky Police Chief Remembered At Funeral

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

STANTON, Ky. (AP) - The funeral for a small-town police chief fatally shot in the line of duty attracted hundreds of law-enforcement officers from every corner of Kentucky Sunday.

Squad cars from Paducah in the west to Pikeville in the east lined the parking lot of Powell County High School, the site of a memorial service for Randy Lacy - Clay City's chief and lone police officer.

Two fire trucks with ladders hoisted a giant American flag marking the entrance to the high school. Another American flag hanging from a fire truck marked the way to the burial at West End Cemetery in Clay City and a city squad car was parked across the street decorated in flowers.

Lacy, 55, was shot point blank in the back of the head in his squad car Wednesday while making a routine DUI arrest, authorities said. The suspect, Jamie Barnett, 37, is being held without bond on a murder charge.

Lacy's family members, many of whom are also active in law enforcement, described him as a giving man who would respond to any local emergency, no matter how small.

"My brother Randy was a police officer," said Garland Lacy, a court bailiff and sheriff's department chaplain. "Today we celebrate him as a fallen hero."


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