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UPDATE: Officer involved shooting - two deaths after one on the run exchanges more gunfire with KSP

From the Kentucky State Police -

Joseph Middleton - previous arrest

We have an update to a story we brought you recently. A manhunt for a Gray, Ky. man has come to an end with his death. The Kentucky State Police was involved in another officer involved shooting on Johnson Hollow Road in Knox County Wednesday August 26, 2020 as a result of an ongoing investigation.


The initial investigation indicates the KSP Special Response Team was attempting to serve a search warrant for drug trafficking on Tuesday August 25, 2020 at which time shots were exchanged between KSP and armed suspects.


As a result of the shooting, 30 year old Charles Garland of Gray was fatally injured. KSP and FBI continued their search throughout the night and into Wednesday for 41 year old Joey Middleton of Gray who was wanted for four counts of attempted murder of a police officer and other active warrants.


At approximately 12:30 p.m. this afternoon, KSP was confronted by Mr. Middleton in the woods which lead to shots being fired and Mr. Middleton fatally injured. No officers were injured during both incidents that took place.


The ongoing officer involved shooting investigation is being conducted by Post 10 Harlan and KSP Critical Incident Response Team. They were assisted at the scene by KSP Personnel, FBI, ATF, DEA, and the Knox County Coroner.

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Original story from August 26th incident.

The Kentucky State Police was involved in an officer involved shooting on Johnson Hollow Road in Knox County on Tuesday afternoon August 26, 2020 as a result of an ongoing investigation.


The initial investigation indicates the KSP Special Response Team was attempting to serve a search warrant, at which time shots were exchanged between KSP and armed suspects. As a result of the shooting, one person was fatally injured and pronounced deceased at the scene by the Knox County Coroner.


KSP is actively searching for 41 year old Joseph ‘Joey’ R. Middleton, of Gray, KY, who was also involved in the shooting. He is described as being approximately 6’0” tall with hazel eyes, brown hair, and was last seen leaving the area wearing shorts, with no shoes and no shirt. Middleton is wanted for four counts of attempted murder of a police officer, and should be considered armed and dangerous.


Anyone with information about the location of Joey Middleton is asked to contact KSP Post 10 at 606.573.3131.


The ongoing officer involved shooting investigation is being conducted by Post 10 Harlan and KSP Critical Incident Response Team.


They were assisted at the scene by KSP Personnel, FBI, ATF, DEA, and the Knox County Coroner.

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