Detective dies after medical emergency at Powell County courthouse

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POWELL CO., Ky (WKYT) - A Stanton police officer died Tuesday afternoon after suffering a medical emergency at the Powell County courthouse.

Photo of Det. Kirk from an interview with WKYT in 2016.

The officer was taken to Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester where he was pronounced dead.

The Clark County Coroner's Office identified the officer as 40-year-old Detective James Kirk.

Investigators are checking to see if his death will be considered in the line of duty.

Kirk's body was taken to a funeral home in Powell County Tuesday evening by a police escort.

Wednesday, the Stanton Police Dept. had a black and blue ribbon hanging up outside the door to remember Kirk.

Kirk's family is now in the process of organizing funeral arrangements.

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