09/26/2006

Ky. police shoot, kill man during confrontation

The Associated Press

LEBANON JUNCTION, Ky.- State police say a 41-year-old man was shot to death yesterday after a confrontation with police trying to serve arrest warrants.

Donald Cothern, of Lebanon Junction in Bullitt County, was pronounced dead at University of Louisville Hospital.

Troopers say a Lebanon Junction police officer and three Bullitt County Sheriff's deputies went to Cothern's house to serve two felony warrants at about 4:55 p.m. (eastern time). Troopers say Cothern was uncooperative and was sprayed with pepper spray.

Cothern came out of his house swinging a large pane of glass at the officers. Trooper say the Lebanon Junction police officer, whose name was not released last night, shot Cothern.

The police officer was placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. Lebanon Junction is about 33 miles south of Louisville.

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