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Officer, suspect killed in shooting at Marshall Co. sheriff's office

Liam Niemeyer

This story has been updated.

A Calloway County Sheriff's deputy and a suspect died in a shooting at the Marshall County Sheriff's Office this afternoon.

Detective Capt. Matt Hilbrecht with the Marshall County Sheriff's Office confirmed to WKMS that a law enforcement officer and suspect were involved in a fatal shooting. A release from the Kentucky State Police later confirmed the shooting occurred around 2:10 p.m. in Benton.

According to Hilbrecht, an unidentified subject shot a Calloway County sheriff's deputy and deputies returned fire, killing the suspect.

Hilbrecht and the KSP confirmed the unidentified Calloway County deputy was transported to Marshall County Hospital, where they died from injuries sustained in the shooting.

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is investigating the shooting.

Uniformed Calloway County Sheriff's Office officials — including Sheriff Nicky Knight — were seen going into Collier Funeral Home across the street from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office in the early evening.

State officials, including Gov. Andy Beshear and agriculture commissioner Ryan Quarles, reacted to the incident in the KSP release and on social media.

“Britainy and I ask Kentuckians to join us in holding the family and loved ones of the Calloway County Deputy in their prayers,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “This deputy has paid the ultimate sacrifice today while serving our commonwealth. Let us honor the life, bravery and service of this deputy.”

A native of western Kentucky, Operle earned his bachelor's degree in integrated strategic communications from the University of Kentucky in 2014. Operle spent five years working for Paxton Media/The Paducah Sun as a reporter and editor. In addition to his work in the news industry, Operle is a passionate movie lover and concertgoer.
"Liam Niemeyer is a reporter for the Ohio Valley Resource covering agriculture and infrastructure in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia and also serves Assistant News Director at WKMS. He has reported for public radio stations across the country from Appalachia to Alaska, most recently as a reporter for WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio. He is a recent alumnus of Ohio University and enjoys playing tenor saxophone in various jazz groups."
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