One man dead after standoff with police in Johnson County

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JOHNSON CO., Ky. (WKYT) - A police shootout turned into a death investigation in Johnson County early Tuesday morning.

Around 10:00 p.m. Monday night, police say a man was reported to be holding a Bible and shouting at the sky off U.S. Route 460. When police arrived, they say the man became combative with a deputy.

The man then ran and locked himself inside his home. Once the man was inside, the deputy heard several gunshots coming from inside the home, and called for backup.

The Sheriff says when backup arrived, a shootout began between the man and police. Kentucky State Police then called for backup from their Special Response Team. They were able to send a robot into the home and found the man dead.

They say it is too early to tell if the man shot himself or if he was shot by police. His name has not yet been released.

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