LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Police have identified the man shot by an Elizabethtown police officer Sunday night as Byron Herbert, 29, of Muldraugh Kentucky -- who is a former member of the military.
KSP says things could've turned out much worse Sunday night in the parking lot of Kroger since it's a busy night for people shopping for the week. But the officer involved stopped the threat before anyone else was hurt.
"He did a good job responding quickly and was able to get the situation under control," said Trooper Jeff Gregory with Kentucky State Police.
Elizabethtown Officer Josh Burris was the first on scene at the Kroger on Town Drive. Police were called to the location just before 8 p.m. for a domestic dispute.
"This officer was at the right place at the right time when that call came out he was there for a purpose," said Officer Virgil Willoughby.
Burris, 24, noticed Herbert arguing with a woman and assaulting her. KSP said he held her by the head or hair, possibly the neck.
"When the officer approached him and gave him commands he had a firearm that was brandished and a shot was fired,” said Gregory.
Burris, who joined Elizabethtown police in 2013, shot back.
"You fall back on your training and you fall back on your experience and that usually leads you to make the correct decisions," said Gregory.
First responders brought Herbert to Hardin Memorial Hospital where he later died.
A Kroger employee says Herbert and the woman were arguing inside the store, went outside, and that's when he heard the shots.
State police say eyewitness accounts and surveillance video support the officer's statements and that Herbert was well armed.
"The suspect in the shooting had several rounds of ammunition on his person as well as other firearms in his vehicle and other ammunition in his vehicle as well,” said Gregory.
It's been about 14 years since Elizabethtown police have dealt with an officer-involved shooting. Burris is now on paid administrative leave for two weeks during the investigation.
"We always say we want to go home safe at the end of the day," said Willoughby.
Kroger tells WDRB is it cooperating with authorities and has turned over surveillance tapes.
Kentucky State Police and EPD were assisted by the Elizabethtown Fire Dept, Hardin Co. EMS, and the Hardin Co. Sheriff's Office.
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