Officer involved in shooting near elementary school

West Liberty police said they went out to a home on Liberty Road to deal with a domestic disturbance call when a man greeted them at the door with two knives.

Police Chief Kelse Hensley was still visibly shaken when talking with WKYT about what happened at a home directly across from West Liberty Elementary School. He said one of his own, Sergeant Scott Adkins, was forced to make a difficult decision and defend himself against a man holding a machete in one hand, a dagger in the other.

"It's unfortunate, but unavoidable," said Chief Hensley.

He said the man was moving closer to Sergeant Adkins right as children were leaving school for the day.

"We attempted to talk him down and he wouldn't listen to us. He approached the officer and the officer discharged his weapon and the individual later expired."

Family confirmed for us that man was Jimmy Hill. Chief Hensley says Sergeant Adkins has been on the force for 13 years. Police are conducting an internal investigation.


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