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Bell County law enforcement searching for Pineville man who shot at them while serving warrants

From The Bell County Ky Sheriff's Department -

On Friday night August 26, 2023, Bell County Deputies Austin Poindexter and Samson Churchwell attempted to serve Felony warrants on 47-year-old Paul Holland, in the Cary community, on Highway 66.


After contact was made, Holland drew a firearm and started shooting at the deputies. The deputies returned fire as they took cover and Holland fled into the tree line on foot. The search ended at 4:00 AM Saturday morning.


Warrants have been obtained for Paul Holland for two counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder - Police Officer, Wanton Endangerment - 1st degree and Possession of A Firearm by a convicted felon. Holland is a white male, 6’ tall, 210 lbs, with short black hair.


Anyone with information on Paul Holland’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Bell County Sheriff’s Office at (606)-337-6174. He should be considered armed and dangerous.


The Bell County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Middlesboro Police Department, Pineville Police Department, Kentucky State Police, Constable Keith Cox, and the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department.


Chief Deputy Jared Smith is in charge of the investigation.

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