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June 12, 2007

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Ky. police chief fatally shot

Officer Down: Chief of Police Randy Lacy - [Clay City, Kentucky]


Biographical Info

Age:  55
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Additional Information: Chief Lacy had served as a law enforcement officer for 23 years, and had served as the Chief of Police in Clay City for three years.

Incident Details: Chief Lacy was shot and killed by a prisoner who was sitting in the back seat of his patrol car. The prisoner was able to produce a gun and shot the chief in the back of the head shortly after being arrested at 11:00 am. He was taken into custody following the shooting. 

End of Watch: June 12, 2007

Ky. police chief shot dead by man in custody 

The Associated Press

CLAY CITY, Ky. — A man in custody shot a small-town police chief to death Wednesday from the back seat of the chief's cruiser in eastern Kentucky, a county official said.

Powell County Judge-Executive Darren Farmer said Police Chief Randy Lacy was shot by a man he had arrested shortly after 11 a.m. The suspect was being taken to the Montgomery County jail, state police spokesman Phil Crumpton said.

Crumpton confirmed a police officer was fatally shot but declined to release the identity. He said state police were still investigating and he did not have further details.

A dispatcher who answered the phone for the Clay City police department declined to comment. The town, with about 1,300 residents, is 40 miles east of Lexington.

It was at least the second fatal shooting involving law enforcement officers in Powell County. Sheriff Steve Bennett and deputy Arthur Briscoe were killed while trying to arrest a man in 1992. The shooter was convicted and is now on Kentucky's death row.

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