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KSP releases names of two men who died in Knox Co. officer-involved shootings

Published: Aug. 26, 2020 at 5:44 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2020 at 7:18 PM EDT
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Knox County, Ky. (WKYT) - For the second day in a row, state police have shot and killed a man in Knox County.

The second incident happened Wednesday afternoon in the Gray community during a manhunt for Joey Middleton.

The second incident happened Wednesday afternoon in the Gray community during a manhunt for Joey Middleton.
The second incident happened Wednesday afternoon in the Gray community during a manhunt for Joey Middleton.(Kentucky State Police)

The first incident happened Tuesday afternoon around 3 when troopers went to serve search warrants alongside federal agents.

Troopers found two people in tents tucked up into a mountainside who they say then shot at state police. The troopers returned fire, killing one of the people, which was 30-year-old Charles Garland.

KSP continued their search for Middleton. He was wanted on four counts of attempted murder of a police officer. On Wednesday afternoon, KSP was confronted by Middleton in the woods, which led to shots being fired. Middleton was fatally injured.

State troopers say they never want these to end in someone dying but, finding this person was all possible due to teamwork on all levels.

“it’s just amazing when all of us work together and we’re here to make sure we’re protecting the community people here in our area,” said Shane Jacobs, Kentucky State Police. “We’re making sure that everyone is safe while trying to locate these individuals, and you know, again we were hopeful they would peacefully surrender.”

KSP says they are no longer actively looking for any suspects.

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