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KSP says SRO may have prevented school shooting before suspect was shot and killed in Elizabethtown

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Counselors were on hand at John Hardin High School on Thursday after seven police officers from three different department shot and killed a man in the parking lot Wednesday.

Kentucky State Police say after murdering his wife, Jesse Kilgus drove to the school and tried to get inside.

"After he committed the murder on Wise Lane, he made a phone call to someone and told them ... 'I've just shot my wife. I'm going to John Hardin to get our child over there,'" said KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory.

So the school was put on lockdown, and Kilgus was stopped at the door by a School Resource Officer, who didn't even know Kilgus was the murder suspect on the loose.

A few minutes later, officers were at the school to confront him. KSP says Kilgus pointed a gun at officers from inside his van, and that's when officers from Radcliff Police, KSP and the Hardin County Sheriff's Office shot him.

"They're all posted up the same way," Gregory said. "They see a threat, they're challenging that threat and trying to protect themselves and each other."

Without knowing Kilgus' intentions, it's hard for officers to say what might have happened if he got in the school, but they say they SRO might have prevented something much worse. 

"With the way it is on a national scale and different things we're seeing with shootings nationwide, these are the stop gaps we want put into place," Gregory said.

KSP says the investigation into the shooting could take several weeks.

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