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Kentucky State Police conducting death investigation at Bell County Sheriff's Department

From The Kentucky State Police and Bell County Sheriff's Department

Early Friday morning December 3, 2021, at 1:00 a.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call from Bell County Sheriff's Department about an accidental shooting at the Bell County 911 Center. Troopers and Detectives from Post 10 Harlan responded and began an investigation.

The initial investigation indicates at approximately 1:00 a.m., two dispatchers were inside the Bell County 911 Center trading firearms when one of the weapons was accidentally discharged fatality striking Dispatcher 23-year-old Kyle Garrett of Frakes. Mr. Garrett was transported to Pineville Community Health Center where he was pronounced deceased by the Bell County Coroner.

Sheriff Mitch Williams states that the department has protocols in place that prevent non-sworn personnel from bringing firearms into the 911 Center. It was discovered; after this incident, that these protocols were not followed.

The sheriff added that Kyle and Colton are cousins and best friends. They grew up together and shared the hobby of casual gun trading. This is a tragedy that you can never prepare for. We are asking for prayers for the family of Kyle and Colton. We also ask that you pray for the dispatchers and deputies that work alongside them every day.

An autopsy for Mr. Garrett will be performed at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort.

The case is under investigation by Det. Andy Soltess.

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