Vietnam veteran killed in Magoffin County officer involved shooting

GUNLOCK, Ky. (WKYT) - A man is dead after an officer involved shooting in eastern Kentucky.

On Sunday, troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 9 responded to help the Magoffin County Sheriff's Office with serving a warrant on Carter Ray Castle.

When troopers arrived, they say Castle was standing outside of his home and armed with a gun.

Officers tried to negotiate with Castle at the scene. At one point, both a deputy with Magoffin County and a trooper deployed tasers, but the tasers did not work on Castle.

According to a news release from Kentucky State Police, Castle then pulled out his gun and turned toward the officers. A trooper at the scene fired his weapon and struck Castle.

Castle was airlifted to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Virginia for medical treatment. He died on Monday from his injuries.

No officers were injured during the incident.

We talked with several of his neighbor's today who say he'll be missed.

"He seemed like a pretty nice guy. Me and husband would go by and he would always wave and we've seen him in the store for a few times and he's always talk to us and seemed pretty good," said Savannah Hall.

Robin Shepard, a distant relative of Castle, says he had PTSD-- stemming from his time serving in Vietnam.

"He was a very nice guy when he was taking his medicine you couldn't ask for anybody better." said Shepard, distant relative and neighbor. "I wish that people with PTSD, that there could be some type of protocol in place where somebody could actually get involved and maybe diffuse the situation."

Family members tell us Castle was a Vietnam War veteran. He was an advocate for the preservation of the area's mountains.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Lieutenant Jennifer Sandlin with Kentucky State Police.

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